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Yo Soy Joaquín/I Am Joaquín (Rudolfo "Corky" Gonzales)

April 23, 2010

Okay, I have to start by admitting that I thought this poem was going to be a book-length work, so I was really surprised when I discovered that it was really only a few pages long.

That being said, this poem blew me away. I feel like I need to go out and do some research on it, because it’s really dense and complex, and I know I’m missing a large percentage of the references being made. However, I also know that the poem is extremely powerful. It’s got a strong message to deliver about what it means to be Chican@, and what it means to really embrace one’s past and bring it to bear on one’s present.

I feel like anything I say is going to be inadequate. What I will say is that you should read this poem — it’s short, but it’s really powerful. Give it a whirl and let me know what you think.

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