The Concrete River: Poems

Winner of the Pen Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award, The Concrete River’s poems remove darkness from the gritty idiosyncrasies of immigrant lifestyles in city barrios spanning la to Chicago to Harlem. Luis J. Rodríguez lends strong voices to these suffering to maintain the fuel on, to discover paintings, and to maintain love.  Populated via a colourful solid of characters, starting from the drugged, to the eccentric, to the heartbroken, Rodríguez’s poems protest capitalism, violence, and exploitation whereas reveling within the power of compassion.

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