A collection of essays, versions of which have appeared in various forms -- journal or anthology articles, conference papers, blogposts, etc.
Preface: Another World is Possible -- The End of Belonging -- The Four Key Connections -- Nemachtilli: The Spirit of Learning, The Spirit of Teaching -- Constant State of Pregnancy -- Poet Laureate? Poet Illiterate? What? -- I Still Love H.E.R. -- "Low &Slow" in Tokyo -- Prickly Pear Cactus: Experiencing Los Angeles with Other Eyes -- Monsters of Our Own Making -- Men's Tears -- Dancing the Race and Identity Mambo -- The Story of Our Day.
"Luis J. Rodriguez writes about race, culture, identity, and belonging and what these all mean and should mean (but often fail to) in the volatile climate of our nation. Rodriguez has a distinctly inspiring passion and wisdom in his approach. Ultimately,the book carries the message that we must come together if we are to move forward. As he reminds us in the first essay, "The End of Belonging," "I'm writing as a Native person. I'm writing as a poet. I'm writing as a revolutionary working class organizerand thinker who has traversed life journeys from which incredible experiences, missteps, plights, and victories have marked the way. . . . I belong anywhere." The pieces in From Our Land to Our Land capture that same fantastic energy and wisdom and will spark conversation and inspiration"-- Provided by publisher.
Imaginings and musings of a native Xicanx writer
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