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Defending Their Own in the ColdThe Cultural Turns of U.S. Puerto Ricans$
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Marc Zimmerman

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036460

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036460.001.0001

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Puerto Rican Poets in Chicago

Puerto Rican Poets in Chicago

To the memory of Salima Rivera and Rane Arroyo (RIP)

(p.80) Chapter 4 Puerto Rican Poets in Chicago
Defending Their Own in the Cold

Marc Zimmerman

University of Illinois Press

This chapter focuses on Chicago Rican poetry. From the beginning, Chicago Puerto Rican poets were to speak of Latin or Latino identity, and Latin or Latino poetry. Indeed, they, more than their Mexicano counterparts, tended to decenter or go beyond national identifications to Latino and third world/minority ones even to the degree that they affirmed their particular parameters of identity. Thus, the question of Latino as opposed to strictly Puerto Rican identity is one of the major contributions of Chicago Puerto Rican writers to an overall national Latino literary scene. The chapter then provides an overview of Chicago Puerto Rican writing and examines the first consolidated wave of Chicago Puerto Rican poetry.

Keywords:   Chicago, Puerto Rican poetry, Puerto Rican poets, Latino identity, Puerto Rican identity, Puerto Rican writers, Puerto Rican writing

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