Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-xii

A book such as this one must begin by acknowledging a community of poets. First and foremost, I am grateful to all the Nuyorican poets for teaching this island poet so much about poetry and community. Gracias y aché. More broadly, I am indebted to all the poets, from San Juan to the South Bronx and beyond, who inspired and sustained me through the years— ...

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Introduction - Nuyorican Counterpolitics

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pp. xiii-xxxvi

What does it mean to belong? This question is central to contemporary figurations of social identity in a variety of cultural and artistic productions, and it has recently acquired a renewed urgency in the United States in light of the nation’s changing demographics and the nativist backlash surrounding such issues as immigration and national security. ...

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One - The Unseen Scene: Movement Poetics and the In/Visibility of Diaspora

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pp. 1-40

Puerto Rican poets were at the forefront of the (counter)cultural ferment of 1960s New York City and, as epitomized by Pedro Pietri’s epochal performances with the Young Lords, they were central to the Puerto Rican Movement. From the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s, Puerto Rican poets were also involved in a variety of artistic and activist initiatives— ...

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Two - Resiting the Street: Performance and Institutional Politics in and beyond the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

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pp. 41-82

The performance of poetry has been a critically underappreciated aspect of U.S. Latino/a cultural politics, yet, as Cristina Beltrán contends in The Trouble with Unity (2010), there is much to be gained by a reexamination of the role of poetry readings and performances within the Puerto Rican and Chicano Movements as “practices of identification” (75). ...

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Three - Embodied or Incorporated? From Nuyorican Poetry to U.S. Latino/a Literature

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pp. 83-122

The early 1980s were a transitional time, as New York City struggled to recover from a financial crisis and as the countercultural movements and outlaw poetics of the 1960s and 1970s gave way to the age of Reagan and the AIDS crisis. These tensions and transitions would prove to have a significant impact on the Lower East Side. ...

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Four - Counter/Public Address: Nuyorican Poets in the Slam Era

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pp. 123-164

In 1989, shortly after Miguel Piñero’s death and in honor of his memory, Miguel Algarín reopened the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in its present location, at 236 East 3rd Street between Avenues B and C. Soon, the Cafe was in the midst of a renaissance, having become the home for a younger, multicultural generation of poets. ...

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Afterword: Representing the City

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pp. 165-176

The work of Nuyorican poets, from the 1960s to the slam era, helps us appreciate the complexities of representation. Their work is representational in a traditional sense, documenting a personal and social city, but also in the positional sense put forward by Hall, tied to a “notion of identity as contradictory, as composed of more than one discourse, as composed always across the silences of the other, ...

Notes

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pp. 177-196

Bibliography

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pp. 197-216

Index

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pp. 217-228

Series Page

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