Poems of the barrio and of the Americas beyond Spanish for ""helter-skelter,"" Trochemoche begins by conjuring life in the barrio, whether in a slum in a Texas border town or in L.A., the vast, hectic, desperate California metropolis where Luis J. Rodriguez grew up. For Rodriguez, only art offered deliverance from the despair of gang violence and poverty, and these poems stand as prayers for transcendence, recorded long after Rodriguez escaped his violent past and began to explore the wider world. Here Rodriguez offers not only songs of the American dream, but a dream of the Americas, a place that invites a pell-mell, sometimes violent, collision of cultures, human impulses, and natural forces.
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Open Road Integrated Media, LLC
June 11, 2012
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