The collected poems of one of America's foremost balladeers of urban struggle and immigrant dreams. Over his three-decade career as a poet, novelist, and memoirist, Luis J. Rodríguez has earned acclaim for his remarkable ear for the voices of the city. My Nature Is Hunger represents the best of his lyrical work during his most prolific period as a poet, a time when he carefully documented the rarely heard voices of immigrants and the poor living on society's margins. For Rodríguez's subjects, the city is all-consuming, devouring lives, hopes, and the dreams of its citizens even as it flourishes with possibility. 'Out of my severed body / the world has bloomed,' and out of Rodríguez's stirring vision, so has beauty. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Luis J. Rodríguez including rare images from the author's personal collection.