By: Elizabeth Fletcher and Stanley Demosthene
Nuyorican Poetry (PowerPoint)
-Puerto Rican writer born September 11, 1941
-co-founder of the Nuyorican Poets café with Miguel Pinero
-family raised him in a household which had a love for all things involving culture
-greatly influenced by the works of Shakespeare, who also motivated Algarin to have his own place to tell his story.
-Nuyorican Café began in 1973 in his living room where other poets and artists would gather
-eventually too many people began showing up, and Miguel looked to move to a larger, more comfortable location.
¨Co founded the Nuyorican Poets café
¨Born in Puerto Rico, moved to the Lower East Side, NY at age 4
¨Lower East Side
Definition of Nuyorican
n. A Puerto Rican living in New York or one who has lived in New York and returned to Puerto Rico.
Introduction: Nuyorican Language
¨Survival for the New York Puerto Ricans
¨The significance of the poet
Three Survival Possibilites for Puerto Ricans in New York
-labor for money and exist in eternal debt
-refuse to trade hours for dollars; “hustle”
-possibility to create alternative behavioral habits.
The Importance of Family/Community
¨Maria , The First Choice
¡-“…has been working ever since I was born and she plans to keep on working. She feels safe when she works. She feels proud.”(9)
¨Joey’s house, The Second Choice
¡-“people who will comply with a renegade’s law: cheat, lie, strike, kill, deal, sell, buy, rob, cut, choke.”(10)
¨The Renegades and The Dynamics Brothers, The Third Choice
¡-creates ”alternative” behavioral habits
¡-creating laws within a community that protects, rather than threatens the community. The community in turn will look out for you.
The Evolution of Grammar
¨Two problems: (Page 19)
¨1) A language that grows out of street experience is dynamic and erratic
¨2) If the rules of the language do not come from street people, they will come from old systems of rules on new patterns of speech.
¨“The street definition of the Nuyorican artist is that he creates everything from the raw” (Page 23).