Jack Ag├╝eros


Puerto Rican poet, activist, and translator Jack Agüeros was born in 1934 in New York City. He served as director of El Museo del Barrio in East Harlem for nearly a decade, advocating the inclusion of Puerto Rican artists into the American art world of the 1970s. Agüeros was the author of three books of poems: Lord, Is This a Psalm? (2002), Sonnets from the Puerto Rican (1996), and Correspondence Between the Stone Haulers (1991), all published by Hanging Loose Press. He also published a collection of Julia de Burgos translations, titled Songs of the Simple Truth (1997). In 2012, Agüeros received the Asan World Prize for Poetry. Source

Sonnet: The History of Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico was created when the pumpkin on top of

The turtle burst and its teeming waters poured out

With all mankind and beastkind riding on the waves

Until the water drained leaving a tropical paradise.


Puerto Rico was stumbled on by lost vampires bearing

Crucifix in one hand, arquebus in the other, sucking

The veins of land and men, tossing the pulp into the

Compost heap which they used as the foundation for

Their fortifications and other vainglorious temples.


Puerto Rico was arrested just as it broke out of the

Spanish jail and, renamed a trusty, it was put in an

American cell. When the prisoner hollered, "Yankee, Go

Home," Puerto Rico was referred to the United Nations.


Puerto Rico, to get to paradise now, you have to ride blood.





Literary Movements:

Nuyorican Movement

Anthology Years:



Intersectionality & Culture

Memory & The Past

Poems of Place

Poetic Form

Literary Devices:


visually descriptive or figurative language, especially in a literary work


the attribution of human qualities to a non-human thing


A poem with fourteen lines that traditionally uses a fixed rhyme scheme and meter.