La Bodega Sold Dreams
Author: Miguel Piñero
Publisher: Arte Publico Press (1985)
This is the second printing of Piñero's first book of poetry. Piñero, born in Gurabo, Puerto Rico, was well-known as a playwright, actor, and co-founder of the Nuyorican Poets Café. He started to write for the theater while serving time at the Ossining Correctional Facility (Sing Sing) for armed robbery. The result was ''Short Eyes,'' a searing portrayal of violent prison life, which started at the Theater of the Riverside Church, was transferred to the Public Theater by Joseph Papp, and then ran at the Vivian Beaumont Theater in Lincoln Center. ''Short Eyes,'' which won an Obie Award and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award as best American play in 1974, was later made into a film with a screenplay by Piñero under the direction of Robert Young.
"La Bodega Sold Dreams mixes ghetto invective and a feverish sentimentality, machismo swagger, and its reverse, a soft quality that is inadmissible to life except in art and has no proper name."