Monday, April 15, 2013

Reyes Cardenas: Chicano Poet 1970-2010


Aztlan Libre Press, an independent Xican@ press based out of San Antonio, Texas, announces
the publication of its sixth book: Reyes Cárdenas: Chicano Poet 1970-2010.

Organized mostly in chronological order, this book is a 40-year retrospective of Reyes Cárdenas’
life and work written from 1970-2010. It is divided into the following 11 sections: Selections
from Chicano Territory (1970); Los Pachucos y La Flying Saucer (1975, the only novella in
this anthology, originally published in Caracol magazine); Selections from Anti-Bicicleta Haiku
(1976); Selections from Survivors of the Chicano Titanic (1981); Elegy for John Lennon (1982);
Selections from I Was Never a Militant Chicano (1986); Homage to Robinson (2008); The Collected
Poems of Artemio Sánchez (2009); Meeting Mr. Incognito (2010); Poems from chicanopoet. (2004-2010); and From Aztlan to the Moons of Mars: A Chicano Verse Novela
(2010). Of the eleven sections, five are selections from previous publications, and six are new,
never before published collections of poetry.

This book also features cover artwork and 11 original black and white title-page illustrations
for each section by San Antonio artist, L.A. David; plus, an introductory essay on Reyes’ work
by noted Chicano literary critic, Associate Professor of English, and Director of the Mexican-
American Studies Center at Texas Lutheran University, Juan Rodríguez.

“An epic of Chicano existence in the last half of the 20th century and the first decade of the 21st,
Reyes Cárdenas’ work boldly depicts the outrageous ironies and wildly brutal truths of our
humanity. Everyone is found here, from the Royal Chicano Air Force to Buddy Holly, and from
Emily Dickinson to Gulliver to the S.S. Gloria Anzaldúa, and somehow they all confess honestly
to each other in the unassuming genius of one of Aztlan’s most prolific poets and most constant
chroniclers…A powerful and courageous poet.”

Carmen Tafolla, Poet Laureate, City of San Antonio

“My hope is that this ground-breaking book will be the means by which Reyes Cardenas will
indeed ‘roar’ as loudly as any great poet of the past and present.”

From the Introduction by Juan Rodríguez

Reyes Cárdenas was born on January 6, 1948 in Guadalupe County, Texas. He has lived most of
his life in Central Texas, while making a living as a machinist.

To purchase Reyes Cárdenas: Chicano Poet 1970-2010, or other Aztlan Libre Press publications,
visit  For a review copy, contact Publishers/Editors, Anisa Onofre or
Juan Tejeda, at the telephone number or e-mail address below. Aztlan Libre Press books are also
available through Small Press Distribution at

ISBN-13: 978-0-9844415-5-6 * $23 * 372 pages * Trade Paperback * Publication: June, 2013