Raucous adobe hearts and urban violet mascara. Televised immigration games and ethnic sit-coms. Chile con karma served on a bed of race. In a startling melange of poetry, prose, journal entries, and even a screenplay, Zen Chicano desperado Juan Felipe Herrera fixes his gaze on his own life and times to craft his most personal work to date. Pushing forms to the edge of possibility while forcing readers to rethink reality as well as language, Herrera invokes childhoods and neighborhoods, standup clowns and Movimiento gypsies, grandmothers of the bunuelo kitchen and tragicomic soliloquies of dizzy-headed outcasts of paradise. Notebooks of a Chile Verde Smuggler is a crucible of flavorful language meant to be rolled lazily on the mind's tongue -- and then swallowed whole to let its hot and savory sweetness fill your soul. Book jacket.Herrera, Juan Felipe is the author of 'Notebooks of a Chile Verde Smuggler' with ISBN 9780816522156 and ISBN 0816522154.