By Maria Herrera-Sobek, Helena Maria Viramontes
This provocative mixture of unique poetry, prose, feedback, and visible paintings records the continued development of literature by means of and approximately Chicanas. via leading edge use of language and pictures, the artists represented the following discover lady sexuality, financial and social injustice, gender roles, and the contributions of severe theory.Chicana Creativity and feedback, first released in 1988, comprises poetry by way of Lorna Dee Cervantes, Lucha Corpi, Evangelina Vigil-Pin?n, Denise Ch?vez, and Naomi Quin?nez; prose by means of Alma E. Cervantes, Helena Mar?a Viramontes, Roberta Fern?ndez, and Sheila Ortiz Taylor; feedback by way of Tey Diana Rebolledo, Yvonne Yarbro-Bejarano, Norma Alarc?n, and Mar?a Herrera-Sobek; and artwork via Carmen Lomas Garza, Yreina Cerv?ntez, and Laura Aguilar.
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The falling rain is analogous to the act of making love, particularly at the point of orgasm. After the falling rain, the poetic persona experiences calm and relaxation. <><><><><><><><><><><><> Naomi Quiñónez's fierce critique of patriarchal culture is constructed through a series of poems that depict the alienated woman: the woman alienated from her body, from herself. Her works point to the construction of female identity from the perspective of the male gaze. The woman, who is not an "authentic" woman, but one defined and molded into a caricature by male dominated Madison Avenue's commercial advertisements.
On the other hand, "Bird Ave" conjures up another stereotypethe streetwise pachuca. The poetic voice narrates the world of the alienated, gang-obsessed young woman who, in order to survive, teams up with others in similar circumstances and, instead of being "screwed," do the "screwing" themselves. The visual, shocking, attention-getting costume of the pachuca "teased tough hair", "teased tight skirts"proclaims membership in the school of hard knocks. The barrio streets are not a young lady's sorority house and initiation into this exclusive club requires good dosages of sweat, blood and violence: She had it then all total control banging my head on the blacktop for effect.
5 Sheila Ortiz Taylor, on the other hand, provides us with bittersweet memories of family life as seen through the eyes of a precocious young woman. Chávez' contribution in poetry explores the often forbidden terrain of female sexuality and eroticism, while Lucha Corpi ventures into the world of magic realism. Evangelina Vigil departs from her brassy, sassy poetic persona to offer us a more introspective, reflective poet. Chicano/a literary critics offer new perspectives and new challenges in the field of literary criticism.