This 32-page chapbook contains eight poems by Vincent Cooper and is illustrated with eight black & white photographs by Desireé Escobedo.
From the poem “Pulse”: “These streets have no pulse/Even the overweight, disease-ridden prostitute/on the corner of Guadalupe and Zarzamora/is struggling to continue on this Saturday night/flapping her chanclas while walking back and forth/attempting to look sane and nonchalant for the officer/driving by.” Continue Reading →
Only fifty copies of HIJACKED BY FIRE were printed, each numbered and signed by the author.
Hijacked by Fire is a treasure chest of human survival—and of the creation of beauty from bottle caps and Cup o’ Noodle lids, from the scars of the barrios of South Texas and the battlefields of the VietNam War, from the cantos of the Chicano Movement, the Yanaguana sweat lodges, and the Jazz Poets Society. We are left humbled by the power of the human spirit, which cannot be hijacked by any fire more powerful than its own passions.—Carmen Tafolla Continue Reading →
No one is safe from the satiric wit of Reyes Cárdenas. This Chicano master of Anti-Poetry exposes social truths in a cackling lexicon of critical insight, wry puns and hatchet wordplay. His tone leaps from savage to the absurd, from ironic to dry, from bitter anger to tender concern. He must be among his “Survivors of the Chicano Titanic,” who reveal “That swaggered/humility.” —Steve Bennet, San Antonio Express-News