[<< wikiquote] Tato Laviera
Jesús Abraham "Tato" Laviera (September 5, 1950 – November 1, 2013) was a Hispanic poet and playwright in the United States.


== Quotes ==
I write music with my mouth — first lyrics, then song, then rhythm.
On his creative process in “An Interview with Tato Laviera, the King of Nuyorican Poetical Migrations” in Latino Rebels (2012 Jul 11)In the Lower East Side, the Puerto Ricans had already been ‘project-ed.’ The people were used to living in the projects. They worked on ships on South Street or in hotels. There were a lot of people collecting records, so music became a really important connection between New York City and Puerto Rico. We spoke English in the street and Spanish at home. A lot of music from Puerto Rico was played in the streets and in people’s homes. We listened to Bomba, Plena, pop music and Salsa.
On his neighborhood while growing up in “An Interview with Tato Laviera, the King of Nuyorican Poetical Migrations” in Latino Rebels (2012 Jul 11)Puerto Rico in particular intertwines Caribbean Black Spanish. We dare to claim it. It is a source of pride and we are not linguistically crippled. My claim to fame is I can experiment, and sound intelligent with my linguistic experiments.
On how he perceives Puerto Rico in “An Interview with Tato Laviera, the King of Nuyorican Poetical Migrations” in Latino Rebels (2012 Jul 11)


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