I saw Michael Martinez’ and Craig Santos Perez’ (MM introduced me to CSP’s work) books at City Lights Bookstore. City Lights! I enjoyed both of these books–Heredities and from unincorporated territory—and here they were. Does being on City Light’s shelf make you a big dog? Should I want to be a big dog? Arf.
Martinez and Perez are a part of what has been articulated as THE LATINO AVANT GARDE. There is something exciting going on with the “latino avant garde,” what they’re negotiating and how they’re negotiating it. Keep yr eyes peeled. I’m trying. Or look here, here, or here. Feel free to add more “here’s.” Obviously, I’m attached to one source.
Here’s an old dog I met: