Floricanto en Aztlan

Alurista Hayes-Bautista
illustrated by Judithe Hernandez

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  • Published: 2012
  • Subject Listing: Poetry
  • Bibliographic information: 112 pp., 15 color illus., 12 x 9 in.
  • Distributed for: UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Press
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With these one hundred poems Alurista created a highly original poetics that upset the literary conventions of the era. Floricanto en Aztlán was published in 1971, a time of Chicano activism and the search for a Chicano identity. Using Aztlán, the mythical homeland of the Aztecs, as a unifying metaphor and employing indigenous symbols to describe barrio life, the poet inspired his readers, cultivating pride in their cultural past. The poems blend English, Spanish, and pre-Columbian languages to explore themes of alienation and exploitation in a decidedly Chicano voice.

This new edition of Floricanto en Aztlán, Alurista's first book of poetry, includes a new preface by the poet and a new foreword that considers the lasting influence of this important work.
Marissa Lopez , Melus

"Alurista's play with language, his transnational perspective on politics and economics, and his manipulation of time break down the barriers between people, place, and history with the ultimate goal of liberation and self-actualization."
-Marissa López, Melus