Full of native intuitions, Caribbean musical rhythms, Castilian and Moorish mood influences, Red Beans is a historic celebration and a quest, centered in family, culture and nation. Cooked in the Caribbean, Red Beans is a hearty concoction which spices up the English language with a rich combination of cultures and races.
1991 Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year list
“Bilingual since childhood, Mr. Cruz writes poems about his native Puerto Rico and elsewhere which often speak to us with a forked tongue, sometimes in a highly literate Spanglish . . . He’s a funny, hard-edged poet, declining always into mother wit and pathos.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Victor Hernández Cruz believes in song; believes that the poem is a song made out of his life and a people’s world . . . he has to be considered one of the best and freshest lyric poets we have in America today.” —San Francisco Review of Books
“Victor Hernández Cruz’s work showed me the excitement and possibilities of poetry . . . ” —Jessica Hagedorn, Voice Literary Supplement