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Turner, Faythe, ed., Puerto Rican Writers at Home in the USA, published in 1991, is an anthology of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction from Puerto Rican writers in the United States. Included in the anthology are writers who gained recognition in mid-century such as Piri Thomas and Miguel Piñero, as well as later writers like Cruz.
Ray Gonzalez's anthology Currents from the Dancing River: Contemporary Latino Fiction Nonfiction and Poetry collects writing from all Spanish-speaking people of the United States, both immigrants and native-born.
Cruz's 1997 book Panoramas contains many autobiographical essays as well as a hearty dose of his poetry.
Cruz's essay on Don Arturo, the man who relates the story of the street vendor in "Business,'' was originally published in his By Lingual Wholes in 1982 and reprinted in his 1991 collection of poetry and prose, Red Beans. In "Don Arturo: A Story of Migration,’’ Cruz recounts incidents from the life of a now-elderly Cuban man who immigrated to New City in 1926. This essay is indispensable for understanding "Business."
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