Outlaw: The Collected Works of Miguel Piñero

Title: Outlaw: The Collected Works of Miguel Piñero

Author: Miguel Piñero

Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Plays

Latinxs: Puerto Rican

About: “A thief, a junkie I’ve been / committed every known sin,” Miguel Pinero sings in “A Lower East Side Poem.” Part observer, part participant in the turbulent goings-on in his Nuyorican barrio, Miguel Pinero blasted onto the literary scene and made waves in the artistic current with his dramatic interpretations of the world around him through experimental poetry, prose, and plays. The poet’s works are as rough and gritty as the New York City underworld he wrote about and loved. His depictions of pimp bars, drug addiction, petty crime, prison culture and outlaw life all drawn from first-hand experience astound the faint-hearted, as Pinero poetizes an outlaw vernacular meant to shock proper, bourgeois culture. This long-awaited collection includes previously published and never-before-published poems; ten plays, including Short Eyes, which was later made into a film and won the 1973-1974 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best American Play, The Sun Always Shines for the Cool, and Eulogy for a Small Time Thief. A co-founder of the Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe, Pinero died at the age of 41, leaving behind a compelling legacy of poetry and plays that reveal the harsh, impoverished lives of his urban Puerto Rican community. (amazon.com)

Purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Outlaw-Collected-Works-Miguel-Pinero

 

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