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The Latin Deli: An Ars Poetica Summary
Judith Ortiz Cofer

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The Latin Deli: An Ars Poetica Summary


Judith Ortiz Cofer first published "The Latin Deli: An Ars Poetica" in Americas Review in 1992. The poem later appeared in a collection of poems, short stories, and personal essays titled The Latin Deli. The collection received much critical acclaim. A reviewer in Booklist wrote that Ortiz Cofer's stories, essays, and poems are a "delicious smorgasbord of the sights, smells, tastes, and sounds recalled from a cross-cultural girlhood. Whether delineating the yearnings for an island homeland or the frustrations of a first-generation immigrant's struggles to grow up in 'el building' in a New Jersey barrio, Ortiz Cofer's work is rich in evocative detail and universal concerns." The poem "The Latin Deli" focuses on a place where Spanish immigrants meet to talk to each other in their native language and to buy food from their homelands. The deli, presided over by the owner, offers a respite from the culture clash they...

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