Education is the key to writing. You have to educate yourself to what other writers are thinking, trends, language, history, all of it is important. As a student at the University of New Mexico in the 70's, I wanted to know as much as I could about Chicano(a) writers who were producing work. I fell in love with the work of Abelardo "Lalo" Delgado, Alurista, Luis Valdez, the epic poem by Rodolfo Gonzalez, "I Am Joaquin," Leroy Quintana, and many others.

Also, I enjoyed reading Mark Twain, British writers, Edgar Alan Poe, Octavio Paz, interpreting the art of Picasso, everything that mattered was relevant. Students need to be trained to appreciate the world and all of its majesty. When you see yourself as a human being, who is part of a larger picture, things become clearer: art, beauty, literature, architecture, dialogue, nature, all of it becomes part of your experience.

ENJOY THE FOLLOWING CHICANO/LATINO POETS AS THEY READ AT EVENTS KNOWN AS 
SLAM POETRY WHICH IS A MIX OF POETRY AND DRAMA!

 



This is a good introduction for the purpose of Chicano poetry.  The article also includes a good sampling of Chicano poets. 

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https://www.lapl.org/collections-resources/blogs/lapl/praise-chicano-poetry


This is a scholarly article on Chicano Poetry from the University of Texas. It provides a socio-cultural and historical context to what gave birth to this style of poetry.

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https://publishing.cdlib.org/ucpressebooks/view?docId=ft1m3nb10w&chunk.id=d0e180&toc.depth=1&toc.id=&brand=ucpress