|Alurista, still a Chicano poet today, worked to represent Chicano speech in his poetry.
A cultural activist, Alurista developed a poetic style which begged oral recitation, thereby
transcending mere written existence, becoming rather an experience which invited participation.
"I write poetry to awaken the critical consciousness of our people, so that we can come to know ourselves and our heritage, and in so doing, learn to struggle for our self-determination in all things."
- Alurista, from "Using his poetry to awaken social activism of Latinos."
by Nora Villagrán, San Jose Mercury News, May 9, 1999.
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