Notes: Seven of 8 issues of the second and final year of this Latino poetry broadside series founded by the first Latino US Poet Laureate. Each a single sheet, folded in half to 5-1/2 by 8-1/2 inches.
Poetasumanos was a Latino writing collective based in the Mission District of San Francisco. It was founded by the poets Juan Felipe Herrera (recently the US Poet Laureate) and Francisco X. Alarcón. Victor Martinez (winner of the National Book Award for Parrot in the Oven) and Tina Alvarez Robles were also members. For two years they published a monthly periodical of a single sheet, folded in half. Each issue has an illustration on the cover and the poem on the inside spread. The back cover provided space for the credits.
This run of seven issues (about as many as any library on OCLC possesses) includes:
Vol. 2, no. 1: "There Is Right and There Is Wrong" by Margaret Randall
Vol. 2, no. 2: "Dance of a Peaceful Garden" by Thom Lee
Vol. 2, no. 4: "Downtown" by Jimmy Santiago Baca
Vol. 2, no. 5: "La arena de su rostro" by Tina Alvarez Robles
Vol. 2, no. 6: "A Eloisa" by Yvonne Yarbro-Bejarano
Vol. 2, no. 7: "Profugo" by Francisco X. Alarcón
Vol. 2, no. 8: "Pastoral I." by Victor Martinez.
In all, a nice grouping of a scarce periodical that included some of the most important Latinx writers of the 1980s. Other than Lorna Dee Cervantes and Gary Soto's Mango Chapbook series, Red Trapeze probably gave a push to more important poets than any other Chicano journal of the 1970s and 1980s.
Edition + Condition: All issues fine.
Publication: San Francisco: Poetasumanos Press, 1981.
Item No: #306913