Body Bee Calling from the 21st Century is a psychic-poetic odyssey into the bionic 21st century. In a style influenced by Walt Whitman, Edgar Allen Poe, and the Romantic era, Miguel Algarin delivers the reader into the world of his own vision.
“Body Bee Calling from the 21st Century turned me on after exhibiting beauty and gentility, miraculous writings from the Lower East Side of New York.”—Allen Ginsberg
MIGUEL ALGARIN was a Puerto Rican scholar and Professor Emeritus at Rutgers University and is one of the most prolific, creative and influential literary figures in the United States and Latin America. Algarin has received numerous awards, including three American Book Awards, the Bessie Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement and an OBIE. He is a leading figure of the Nuyorican movement of the 1970s and founder of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, a New York City cultural haven within the Lower East Side famed for being creatively drenched with great artistic intensity. The perennial theme of his work is the empowerment of the underclass. His poetry collections include Survival Supervivencia (Arte Público Press, 2009), On Call (Arte Público Press, 1980), Time’s Now / Ya es tiempo (Arte Público Press, 1985) and Love Is Hard Work (Scribner, 1997), and he is the co-editor of Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Café (Holt, 1994). He is also the sole translator of Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda’s Song of Protest.