W.R. Rodriguez

Biography

W.R. Rodriguez grew up in the Bronx where he worked as a bootblack in the family shoe shine parlor. He moved to Madison where he earned an M.A. in English and taught high school for over thirty years. The urban environment has been a major source of his writing: “Although I left The Bronx decades ago, it has not left me. To give ironic tribute to the Romantics, I regard the streets and tenements as worthy subjects of art. I enjoy creating poetry from my memories of people, places, and events, as well as from research and imagination. Also, I want my poems to work on the page and to have a strong voice if read aloud.”

His poetry has appeared in magazines such as Abraxas and Epoch, and in anthologies such as The Party Train, Welcome to Your Life, and Editor’s Choice III. Articles about his family’s experience in The Bronx were published in The Bronx County Historical Society Journal.

W.R. Rodriguez is the author of several books of poetry. His latest, from the banks of brook avenue, is an evolution of the work he began in the shoe shine parlor poems et al and developed in concrete pastures of the beautiful bronx.

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Books

From the Banks of Brook Avenue: Annotated Edition
Price: Free! Words: 41,210. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
Have you wondered what goes into the creation and evolution of a poem? Every poem has a backstory, and in this book the author willingly shares it. Each of the forty poems is followed by a discussion of the people, places, and events that inspired it. Each commentary is linked to the Appendix in which the author shares the revision process by offering previous drafts or early notes.
The Bronx Trilogy
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 31,670. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
Three books of poetry inspired by The Bronx. The entire text of: "the shoe shine parlor poems et al," "concrete pastures of the beautiful bronx," and "from the banks of brook avenue."
The Bronx Three Memoirs
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 20,990. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Social history, Nonfiction » History » Family history
Three memoirs about The Bronx from 1922-2013. A compilation of articles written for The Bronx County Historical Society Journal.
The Shoe Shine Parlor Poems Et Al: Second Edition
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 7,630. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
This is the first book of The Bronx Trilogy: three books of poetry about The Bronx and its environs. The Shoe Shine Parlor Poems Et Al: Second Edition features a preface written by the author and a bibliography. It is being released to complement the recent completion of the project, which includes: Concrete Pastures of the Beautiful Bronx and From the Banks of Brook Avenue.
From the Banks of Brook Avenue
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 12,160. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
From the Banks of Brook Avenue offers a humorous, ironic, passionate, and vivid exploration of the cityscape.
The Shoe Shine Parlor Poems et al A Teacher's Guide
Price: $1.25 USD. Words: 5,920. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study guides - Literature
This guide is designed to help teachers use The Shoe Shine Parlor Poems et al as a classroom text. W. R. Rodriguez, who is a poet and teacher, offers an author's introduction, a vocabulary list, and several pre-reading and post-reading questions and activities for each poem.
Concrete Pastures of the Beautiful Bronx
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 11,490. Language: American English. Published: November 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
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In a strong, ironic, and humorous voice, these poems explore the beauty, wonder, and harsh reality of The Bronx. Vivid and abundant imagery abound in this unique vision of inner city life.
The Shoe Shine Parlor Poems et al
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,000. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
These narrative and lyric poems derive from the author's youth in the South Bronx and his work as a bootblack in the family shoe shine parlor during the 1960s.

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