Imprint: Curbstone Books
72 Pages, 5.50 x 8.50 in
- Published: June 1998
TROCHEMOCHE means helter-skelter in Spanish, and this book expresses the turmoil of the barrio and the various themes that drive Luis J. Rodríguez's poetry. Drawing on more than ten years of poems, Rodríguez writes powerfully and passionately about urban youth, family, and the plight of neglected communities, while exploring the rich cultural roots of his Chicano ancestry.
“[Rodríguez] takes street-tough rhythms and a flair for self-dramatization, and imbues them with a lyric sensibility, forging lines best read aloud: "I am capitalism's angry Christ, techno Quetzacoatl, toppling the temples/ of modern thievery, of surplus value in word-art/—exploited, anointed, and perhaps double-jointed."—Publisher’s Weekly
“While filled with the heart and words of Chicano culture, Rodríguez’s poems transcend the scope of race and ethnicity. The topics he addresses in this book—relationships, justice, love, and the irony of daily life—are, or should be, the subjects that envelop us all.”—Aaron McCarroll Gallegos, Sojourners