Poetry. Latino/Latina Studies. Maria Luisa Arroyo's GATHERING WORDS/RECOGIENDO PALABRAS gives a voice to the oppressed, the abused, and the forgotten. It speaks from battered women's shelters and from inside homes that hide domestic violence and child abuse. Laying bare the stark realities of life with phrases that are alternately elegant, blunt, and rich with vivid imagery, Arroyo writes with spine-tingling candor that does not allow us to deny the truth. Shaped by her family's background in Puerto Rican music, her poems, written mostly in English, are reminiscent of folksongs with their narrative storytelling and activist representation of the disenfranchised, disillusioned, and neglected. This is Arroyo's first full-length collection of poems.
Maria Luisa Arroyo is a poet, teacher, and transition counselor in Holyoke, Massachusetts. She is a self-taught poet who was academically trained in German language and literature at Colby, Tufts, and Harvard. She was a 2004 Massachusetts Cultural Council poetry grant winner and also won first price for poetry in the 2006 Springfield Public Library Poetry Contest. Author City: SPRINGFIELD, MA USA