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Book details
  • Genre:POETRY
  • SubGenre:American / Hispanic & Latino
  • Language:English
  • Pages:100
  • Paperback ISBN:9798350924565

Smoke and Flow

Poetry, Hip Hop Lyrics, and a Short Story

by Robert Tinajero

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"Smoke and Flow" is a series of poems, LoFi Hip Hop lyrics, and a short story that focus on life, spirituality, relationships, culture, wordplay, and friendship.


The free verse poetry delves into the life experiences of Robert Tinajero such as the death of his father, cultural identity, love and loss, social issues, and meditations on mortality. The hip hop lyrics are focused on wordplay and metaphoric playfulness and were written with specific LoFi beats in mind. The reader is encouraged to find the same beats and write their own lyrics on the blank pages provided. Finally, the short story "Miller Circle" is a semi-autobiographical story about three Latino friends who display the ways they have changed, and remained the same, after high school while enjoying a night out together. The story ends with an event that will drastically impact the three of them.

About the author
Robert Tinajero, a native of El Paso, Texas, is a poet and academic. He has degrees in English, religious studies, creative writing, and a Ph.D. in rhetoric and writing studies. His research interests include composition studies, hip hop studies, and race studies. He aims to write poetry and prose that is simple, yet meaningful. You can learn more about him at his website: blueletters.com.