Red Hot Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Being Young and Latino in the United States

by Lori Carlson and Oscar Hijuelos

“I’m a grafted flower that didn’t / take, a Mexican without being... read more

“I’m a grafted flower that didn’t / take, a Mexican without being one, / an American without feeling like one” writes poet Raquel Valle Senties in “I Am Who I Am, So What,” one of 37 poems in this compelling bilingual collection that looks at many aspects of Latino experience in the United States today. The poets explore themes of language, identity, community, family, struggle, triumph, and love. Most poems are presented in both English and Spanish; a few are written as an intentional blending of the two languages. This companion volume to editor Lori Marie Carlson’s outstanding earlier anthology, Cool Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Growing Up Latino in the United States (Henry Holt, 1994) offers an even broader perspective on the wide range of Latino voices and experiences in this country. (Ages 12–18)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2006

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