Emergency Tacos: Seven Poets Con Picante

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Cover of Emergency Tacos which dsplays a black and white wood cut print of a man and a woman drinking cups of coffee.

This chapbook-length anthology, published in 1989, presents work by Beatriz Badikian, Sandra Cisneros, Carlos Cortéz, Carlos Cumpián, Cynthia Gallaher, Margarita Lopez-Castro, and Raúl Niño. These seven Chicanx Chicago writers were associated with Galeria Quique, a monthly series of art showings and poetry performances hosted in 1981 at the loft of Enrique Cisneros, brother of Sandra Cisneros. In the introduction to the anthology, Cumpián describes the project as being about “working under adverse conditions (lack of time, money and tacos), yet finding solidarity as compañeros en la causa cultural.”

Emergency Tacos: Seven Poets Con Picante. Chicano i.e. Chicago: MARCH/Abrazo Press, 1989.

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Back cover of Emeregency Tacos displaying a bright red illustration of a chili. 

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Copyright page of Emergency Tacos. 

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Introduction of Emergency Tacos.

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Sandra Cisnero's poem "Original Sin."

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Carlos Cumpián's poem "No Deposit No Returns."

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Cynthia Gallaher's poem ""El Dia de los Muertos/All Soul's Day."

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Margartia Lopez-Castro's poem "Again."

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Black and white portraits of all contributing authors.

Emergency Tacos: Seven Poets Con Picante