New Poems from the Poet Laureate of Los Angeles
Curbstone Press, Paperback, 9780810133648, 48pp.
Publication Date: April 15, 2016
Foreword by Martin Espada
This chapbook collection offers new poems from the prolific career of a community leader, activist, and healer. Luis J. Rodriguez's work asks profound questions of us as readers and fellow humans, such as, "If society cooperates, can we nurture the full / and healthy development of everyone?" In his introductory remarks, Martin Espada describes the poet as a man engaged in people and places: "Luis Rodriguez is a poet of many tongues, befitting a city of many tongues. He speaks English, Spanish, 'Hip Hop, ' 'the Blues, ' and 'cool jazz.' He speaks in 'mad solos.' He speaks in 'People's Sonnets.' He speaks in the language of protest. He speaks in the language of praise."