“Sometimes the barrio claims us, holds us by our feet like roots in its field of chalk outlines closed off by the screaming yellow tape being pulled from its soul.” Edward Vidaurre
Edward Vidaurre is one the driving forces behind local poets, writers, artists, and musicians in South Texas. Vidaurre is the founder of Pasta; Poetry & Vino and Barrio Poet Productions. He has been nominated for a pushcart prize for his poem, “Lorca in the Barrio” and also is co-editing an anthology called Twenty for Newtown, CT through El Zarape Press with Daniel Garcia Ordaz, Katie Hoerth, and Jose Chapa V.
“I took my Barrio on a Road Trip” is a personal journey that will take you on a ride from El Salvador to East Los Angeles and then to the South Texas, his writing is strong, skillful and honest. Each poem has a story were he takes the reader on a ride through moments of struggle, happiness and change, a barrio poet who has turn his adversity into a celebration of life.
I was very intrigued by this book, I have heard Edward poems many times in different readings, when I heard that he had his first book of verse, it made want to get it right away, and to my surprise he took me on a quite a journey it was more than what I expected. For me growing up in Mexico and then coming to the valley was nothing like the barrio or the housing projects of Los Angeles, but I can understand the poem “Domiga” where he talks about his grandma, have a few friends who have experience the poems “Her Name was Maria” and “Runaway Mother”. I can understand the pain in the poems “Wounds of a woman” and “Mothers Pain”. I can perceive his relationship with his father with the poem “Bath Time” and how his relationship with his daughter is very different. As the book progresses the tone of the poems change just like his life, he turned those bad experiences into something beautiful like his poetry.
let me show you what I am talking about…
East Los Angeles
have to tell you I have a habit, when it comes to a poetry book, I always read the last poem first , those few last lines say a lot of the poet…
you thought I was going to give you the poem get the book ;).
Well,I wanted to give thanks to my
followers friends and wanted to give something back, I am giving away a copy of this book, just comment and you enter the drawing.
Please support this great poet…
You can buy this book at: Amazon
Or you can contact Edward Vidaurre his facebook
Pages on Facebook: Vario Poet Pasta, Poetry & Vino Barrio Poet Productions
P.D. Edward que se me abrió el apetito con su poema “Alguashte” ahora quiero pupusitas con frijolitos, una gaseosa en una bolsa de plástico y para rematar manguitos con alguashte lol ;). Mañana le digo a mi madre que me haga las pupusas, no son iguales pero algo es algo ;).