Not your usual poetry. Not for the faint of heart. This book gives raw voice to, and exposes the destructive lifestyle of, all too many young Hispanic Angelenos. Gangs attract kids who lack effective families, and the gang becomes the family. Kids become the parents and teachers to their peers. Result? All grow up to be kids. Unfortunately these grown up kids play cops and robbers with real cops and real guns. These kids have more kids who, left without effective families, become the new gangsters, and so it all degenerates. Everyone gets caught in the vicious circle: police, parents, schools, and so on and on. Many finally end up in prison (the real cool school). Many end up dead. So who''s to blame? Nobody. Who's got the answers? Nobody. Who cares? The final canto of this book is modeled after Kahlil Gibran's book THE PROPHET. By turning his ideas inside out, the twisted, involuted, reality of the gangster life is exposed.
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Writers Club Press
July 25, 2000
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