In Search of a Nuyorican Sixties: Reading the Pedro Pietri and Jack Agüeros Archives

Author:Urayoán Noel Time:2019-07-10 Click:

Although Nuyorican poetry is typically identified with the founding of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in the 1970s, New York Puerto Rican had been active since the 1960s, embodying a poetic and political activism that would help define the Nuyorican tradition. The institutional archives of two of these poets, Pedro Pietri (1943-2004) and Jack Agüeros (1934-2014), reveal the richness and complexity of their poetic and political work, while challenging the terms of 1960s poetry in both Puerto Rico and the United States. Functioning as both conventional archives and as counter-archives, these collections revise political and poetic imaginaries across space and time.



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