Ecopoetics Along Shorelines

WRITING IN THE FIELD

April 10, 2018
caramisch

Rodriguez shares the raw reality of many aspects of his lived experiences in urban barrios across America. He explores mental illness within a family dynamic, personal and systemic consequences of institutionalized racism in law enforcement, working in construction, financial insecurity, and, less gruesomely, love, sex, dancing, and a revolution. His stories are also somewhat divided into eras, differing temporally and geographically. The common thread that holds this narrative together is community. He describes his neighborhood Watts as a “we,” and uses unifying terms such as “a people’s rage.” Whether fighting or dancing, there is power and passion in their unity.

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