A poet reflects on the heaviness of city life, scarcity, the mental health of Latinos living in poverty and the lack of representation in the publishing industry.
Have you wanted to leave the city, why?
Revising “Puerto Rican Obituary” (Pages 4-7)
The Masses Are Asses
Groups of five people will discuss the following themes and questions:
.Losing your identity (60)
Is pretending a way to lose your identity? Explain
.The Lady’s backstory (61-62)
Why do you think the Lady feels proud about her different jobs?
.We used to love to pretend (66-69)
Explain the final arguments of the Gentleman (67) and the Lady (68)
.Police intervention (70)
How is the police described?
.The Bronx is on fire (74-76)
How the fear of ridicule affects the outcome of this section?
.The return to the status quo (77-78)
What does this return mean?
From Mambo to Hip-Hop: A South Bronx Tale (Henry Chalfant, 2006)