Heart Songs, Collected Poems of Nina Serrano, 1969-1979
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Heart Songs: The Collected Poems of Nina Serrano, 1969-1979, was first published by Editorial Pocho Che, a Latino literary collective, as part of a three-book 10th anniversary series. The other two books were Raul Salinas’ now classic Un Trip through the Mind Jail y Otras Excursions and Roberto Vargas’s legendary Nicaragua Yo To Canto Besos Balas y Suenos de Libertad. Estuary Press republished it as an ebook.
Serrano, Partisan Poet
Nina Serrano writes poetry with rich tones, with passion and tenderness, with anger, and above all with conviction that life can be absolutely glorious and people will make it so. Those who have heard her read know that is also the way she shares her poetry with us. She says in one poem “It feels good to write poems in San Francisco.” And because she is a poet-community activist, an internationalist, a partisan, and writes with such bountiful spirit, it feels good too to read her poems. The “place where poets meet,” she says, “lies in an inner space between the ribs, the lungs and hurting loneliness. A poet fills his bag with rose petals.” The place she wants to be is “in that moment of raining flowers.”
Vivian Raineri, People’s World, Oct 25, 1980