"School/Period": Chicano Renaissance
I would like to make a suggestion to the Poetry Foundation: that "Chicano Renaissance" be added as a "School/Period" in its Poems/Poets page. In order for this to work, though, the Poetry Foundation would have to add the following poets not yet included on their website: alurista, Alberto "Lalo" Delgado, Jose Montoya, Raul Salinas, Luis Omar Salinas, Ricardo Sanchez. A whole generation is missing from these pages. Movimiento. Floricanto. The generation I love. I trust that the Poetry Foundation is doing its best to represent the diversity of American poetries, and that soon it will recognize this important movement in American Literature and History. In the meantime, and in the spirit of National Poetry Month, I share with you six poets from the Chicano Renaissance.
Javier O. Huerta's debut collection Some Clarifications y otros poemas (Arte Publico 2007) received the 31st Chicano/Latino Literary Prize from UC Irvine. He is also the author of American Copia (2012). A graduate of the Bilingual MFA Program at UT El Paso, Huerta is currently a PhD student in the...