Sunday, July 7, 2013

Luis Chaluisan Planet Lovetron Episode 2

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Luis Chaluisan is 
Spic Chic [Paperback] 
"An original, uprorarious, disarming journey 
that holds no limits and where nothing is sacred."
Nicholosa Mohr Author

"His unique voice as a writer clearly displays 
his poetic influences, his uncanny ear for 
dialogue and his completely original sense of humor."
Elias Stimac Backstage

"Strong stuff, right in the Nuyorican tradition. 
Poems and then stories back into poems that 
are often emotionally moving. A self exploration 
in a non-chronological history consistent in 
language and point of view, it is clearly a highly 
personalized work that is successful in the Nuyorican 
free-style genre and successful in the broader sense as well."
David Henderson ('Scuse Me While I Kiss The Sky: Jimi Hendrix Voodoo Child)

Clem Richardson of the NY Daily News 

describes Chaluisan's work as 
"old-school, often as literate as it is lyrical, 
stuffed with images drawn from NY City life."

Spic Chic, by Luis Chaluisan
(Fly by Night Press, 2009)
Review by Charlie Vázquez
The rules of poetry are created by its author, much as a criminal operates both within and away from society, as he or she sees fit. Thus, it’s no wonder that so many poets past and present have dabbled in crime and write about these adventures of subculture, as with Luis Chaluisan, who surfaced in the earliest days of the Nuyorican poetry scene. Chaluisan’s poems are odes—both celebratory and regretful—to his experiences as a New York-born Puerto Rican surviving on the streets of New York. And I’m not talking about the well-heeled New York of today, but of the smoldering 1970s and 1980s. I remember living in the East Tremont neighborhood of the Bronx during the mid- to late-1970s, and anyone involved in crime who survived to write about it gets instant applause for that alone.
Luis “El Extreme” Chaluisan—a musician, writer, and former news reporter—is in no denial of his controversy, as spelled out in the book’s opening disclaimer statement. Although I thought I knew what I was walking into when I read this book by the Section 13 jetty of the “Bronx Riviera” recently (Orchard Beach), I was thrown for some surprises. These twenty-plus pieces range from serious (“Johnny Boy”) to whimsical (“Surfing in the South Bronx”), and Chaluisan’s greatest effectiveness is achieved when he releases his honest emotions for public viewing— which you almost don’t expect him to do (“I slide precariously alongside her path, at once tender, then off-center,” from “Carmen Baby”). In “Wilfredo the Anointed Apostle”, about a gay santero barber, Chaluisan explains, “So before we crucify him with whispered nails…homo, queer, fazzy hole…stop and think…perhaps a person’s lifestyle is really a blessing, for who are we to know God’s ways and plans…when we’re walking together, people just stop and stare…but if you could see him through my eyes, he wouldn’t be a faggot but a man.” Spic Chic is an exciting tour of jazz and salsa clubs, women of pleasure, of the island, of desperate people struggling to survive—of joy and pain—but it’s also about transformation. It’s really about becoming greater and wiser than what doom had planned for your soul.

Spic Chic: The Adventures of the Last Nuyorican (2009) is a book of poetry by musician, writer, and former news reporter/producer Luis Chaluisan. Clem Richardson of the NY Daily News describes Chaluisan’s work as “old- school, often as literate as it is lyrical, stuffed with images drawn from New York City life.” David Henderson sees this text as “strong stuff, right in the Nuyorican tradition. Poems and then stories back into poems that are often emotionally moving. A self exploration in a non-chronological history consistent in language and point of view, it is clearly a highly personalized work that is successful in the Nuyorican free-style genre and successful in the broader sense as well.”

Luis Chaluisan (Author), Knight Q (Illustrator), El Extreme (Illustrator)Be the first to review this item Available from these sellers. (AMAZON) 2 used 

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Elmhurst Hospital
 79-01 Broadway
Elmhurst, Queens NY
Sept. 27, 1957 
3:29 PM  
Baptized Oct. 1957
St. Paul's Catholic Church
Boerum Hill, BK.
 234 Congress St, Brooklyn, NY
 First Grade 1963
Boerum Hill, BK. 
St Paul's Catholic School
Holy Family Hospital 
Founded in 1868
155 Dean St., Brooklyn, 
Replaced by Brooklyn 
Diocese nursing home. 
My Father Buys Me My First LP
Please Please Me 
The Beatles
March 1963

Favorite Cuts
1. Side A 

"I Saw Her Standing There
1. Side B "Love Me Do
7. Side B  "Twist and Shout

(Phil Medley, Bert Russell)

Luis and Ronald Chaluisan 1963 
Boerum Hill, BK. 
142 Dean Street Brooklyn NYC 
Tony The Pony by Marx  1963
 Battery operated toy pony our parents
buy for my brother Ron
that could go either or backward 
by the use of a foot pedal 
and controlled by the reins
Boerum Hill, BK. 
Live around the block.
Their mother Cristina
is my sitter.
139 Hoyt Street, BK.
Richie Ray Home 
Richie Ray-Ray Maldonado
139 Hoyt Street 
Ricardo Ray Arrives/Comejen
Every Store in Boerum Hill, BK.
had this album proudly 
displayed in their windows. 
On The Scene With Ricardo Ray  
Fonseca Records 1965
And He Followed 
Up With LP's 
In Rapid  Succession
Bringing The Mod Beat 
To Latin Music
Vis A Vis SALSA!
Richie Ray's 
Music Becomes The 
Soundtrack To Our 
Chaluisan Experience
In Brooklyn and The Bronx
Richie Ray 3 Dimensions  
Fonseca Records 1966