The Searchers: Collected Poetry

  • Title: The Searchers: Collected Poetry
  • Author: Tomás Rivera
  • ISBN: 9781558850187
  • Page: 490
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Searchers Collected Poetry This moving collection edited by Julian Olivares contains the twenty six poems the late author published and an equal number which the editor discovered among the author s literary papers In taut bu
    This moving collection, edited by Julian Olivares, contains the twenty six poems the late author published and an equal number which the editor discovered among the author s literary papers In taut but impassioned lyrics, Tomas Rivera celebrates the common experience of humanity and renews his search for the encounter of the self, community, the past and the continuity ofThis moving collection, edited by Julian Olivares, contains the twenty six poems the late author published and an equal number which the editor discovered among the author s literary papers In taut but impassioned lyrics, Tomas Rivera celebrates the common experience of humanity and renews his search for the encounter of the self, community, the past and the continuity of the dead through the living.

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    About Tomás Rivera


    1. Tom s Rivera December 22, 1935 May 16, 1984 was a Chicano author, poet, and educator He was born in Texas to migrant farm workers, and had to work in the fields as a young boy However, he achieved social mobility through education gaining a degree at Southwest Texas State University now known as Texas State University , and later a PhD at the University of Oklahoma and came to believe strongly in the virtues of education for Mexican Americans.As an author, Rivera is best remembered for his 1971 Faulknerian stream of consciousness novella y no se lo trag la tierra, translated into English variously as This Migrant Earth and as d the Earth Did Not Devour Him This book won the first Premio Quinto Sol award 1 Rivera taught in high schools throughout the Southwest USA, and later at Sam Houston State University and the University of Texas at El Paso From 1979 until his death in 1984, he was the chancellor of the University of California, Riverside, the first Mexican American to hold such a position at the University of California.ContentsBiographyEarly yearsRivera was born on December 22, 1935, in Crystal City, Texas, to Spanish speaking, migrant farmworkers, Florencio and Josefa Rivera At eleven years old, Rivera was in a car accident in Bay City, Michigan After the accident, Rivera decided to write his first story about the wreck and called it The Accident 2 In an interview with Juan D Bruce Novoa, Rivera explains I felt a sensation I still get when I write I wanted to capture something I would never forget and it happened to be the sensation of having a wreck 3 Rivera continued writing throughout high school, creative pieces as well as essays He dreamed of being a sportswriter as an adult, inspired by what he read most, sports articles and adventure stories 4 In the same article, Rivera explains the reality of growing up with ambitions to be a writer in a migrant worker family He explains that When people asked what I wanted to be, I d tell them a writer They were surprised or indifferent If people don t read, what is a writer His grandfather was his main supporter though and provided him with supplies and encouragement.Rivera worked in the fields alongside his family during summer vacations and often missed school because of the overlapping work season At the beginning of every school term, he had to catch up on missed material from the preceding year The family labored with many other migrant workers in various parts of the Midwest they lived and worked in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and North Dakota 5 Rivera worked as a field labourer until 1956 at this point he was enrolled in junior college and the school would not permit him to miss class 2 This signified the end of his migrant working days and the beginning of a new life.The first hand experience Rivera had from growing up as a migrant worker provided him with writing material for his literary works His novel y no se lo trag la tierra is semi autobiographical and is based around the migratory life of a young boy As Rivera grew up in the late 20th century, he discovered some of the difficulties Chicanos faced as lower class Mexican descendants While trying to get published, Rivera encountered some racism this was mainly because his writings were in Spanish, thus restricting his audience 6 The unjust and frustrating situation faced by many Chicanos motivated Rivera He understood that the only way to get ahead in life was through education Rivera graduated with a degree in English from the Southwest Texas State University in 1958 and taught English and Spanish at secondary schools from 1957 65 7 He strongly believed that post secondary education was the only way Chicanos could evolve from migrant work He worked in public schools until he could further his education at the University of Oklahoma, where he graduated with a PhD in Romance Languages and Literature in 1969 7


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