By Judith Ortiz Cofer,Elena Olazagasti-Segovia
In the poem from which the booklet takes its name, a "woman of no-age" presides over a small shop whose wares--Bustelo espresso, jamón y queso, "green plantains putting in stalks like votive offerings"--must fulfill, even if imperfectly, those that starvation for his or her island domestic. within the tale "Nada," an anguished mom whose son has been killed in Vietnam refuses the comfort of her acquaintances and the medals provided by way of the govt. ("Tell the Mr. President of the us what I say: No, gracias."). Cofer's essay "The Paterson Public Library" recollects how, in books, she chanced on shelter and solace from the skin world.
El deli latino transcends the details of the expatriate event to talk common truths in regards to the mysteries of hope, the search for wisdom, and the fight to reconcile opposing selves.