By Tato Laviera. pues estoy creando spanglish. bi-cultural systems. scientific lexicographical. inter-textual integrations. two expressions. existentially wired. Abraham "Tato" Laviera (May 9, – November 1, ), born Jesús Laviera Sanches, was a Puerto Rican native who immigrated to the United States.‎Early years and education · ‎Personal life · ‎Career · ‎Famous works. Tato Laviera lost his sight, but not his vision. His acclaimed poems and plays captured the rhythms and language of Puerto Rico and the Lower.


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While the immigrant writers in New York appreciate their colleagues back home, Puerto Ricans on tato laviera island do not seem to accept Nuyoricans as authentic Puerto Ricans. To be Nuyorican is to be universal, is to be existentially wired to men of different colors and tongues the world over: To the great salseros and jazz musicians, who, long before the poets, conjugated the sounds of three continents into the tato laviera of a people.

Like many other Nuyorican writers he had little tato laviera training and all the inspiration to his work tato laviera directly from street life and immigrant experience. A black man himself, he felt close to the afro-American community and its literature but also to other minorities like Chicanos.

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Critics like Juan Flores promoted his tato laviera and he later taught creative writing at Rutgers and other universities on tato laviera East Coast. However, unlike most other Nuyorican writers, he was born in Puerto Rico in and migrated to New York at the age of ten.

He knows the feeling of arriving in a foreign country with a foreign language from his own experience. Structure and Language 2. It consists of 15, arguably 16 stanzas.

"AmeRícan" by Tato Laviera: A Puerto Rican in New York

The first tato laviera stanzas have the appearance of ordinary quartets; they all start with the same sentence and serve as an introduction of what is to come.

Mainstream Ethics denounces marginalization and demands social equality, while Mixturao and Other Poems celebrate the multicultural aspects tato laviera American life and populations. Laviera had been working on a poetry book entitled Continental and on two novels, Mayanito and El Barrio: Spanish Harlem, when he became ill.

His oeuvre revolves around the development tato laviera an identity that is inclusive of bilingualism and biculturalism and contributes to the establishment of Afro-Caribbean traditions that imbue poetry with orality and musicality.


Laviera was also a prolific playwright. The Spark and 77 P.

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He then revisited his passion for community work, working with the American Association for diabetes, where his main initiative was promoting awareness representing Latinos who suffered from the disease. Laviera One-Day with Diabetes Project which allowed him to incorporate his adoration for poetry.

He hosted events during which tato laviera could speak about how diabetes has affected their lives and offer support to the Hispanic community. He began tato laviera poems and jingles at a very young age.

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He claims this lead him to discover the tato laviera of characters and attitudes" that poetry contains. Laviera uses the sublets of each language to contribute to his rich symbolism and metaphor that are commonplace in his poetry.

His mastery of both languages tato laviera him apart from many Latino writers of his time.

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