Heart Suite consists of three volumes of Nina Serrano’s poetry written over 43 years from 1969 to 2012. The volumes are available separately as paperbacks and ebooks, and are described below.
Heart Songs: The Collected Poems of Nina Serrano (1969–1979)
First published by Editorial Pocho Che in San Francisco in 1980, Heart Songs is a collection of her poetry from her first poems written in the late 1960s until 1979. Her poetry was an important part of the Latino arts movement rooted in the Mission District of San Francisco during those years. Heart Songs has now been re-released and is available as an Estuary Press ebook from Amazon Kindle Books, Barnes and Noble Nook Store, and other online distributors.
Fernando Alegria, noted Chilean writer and scholar, wrote these words in the 1980 introduction to Heart Songs:
“Nina Serrano brightens everything she touches and everything she touches dances, sings, struggles and flowers among the people. Longshoremen? Longshoremen. Farmworkers? Farmworkers. But also dragons in a paper city, multicolored stars from the Year of the Rooster, rapid revolvers between sweet rice paper and heavy ginseng rabbits, but also the California farm workers , march under the banner of the Virgin of Guadalupe and the black and red eagle of don Pancho Villa, all the mustaches of don Emiliano Zapata, plus the cartridges and machine guns of Sandino, the white shirt and pants of Farabundo Marti, Roque Dalton’s smile amidst the bullets and the slow paced death of Neruda.”
Heart’s Journey: Selected Poems, 1980–1999
Heart’s Journey is the second book of poems in the trilogy Heart Suite and includes 89 poems and 54 drawings from the author’s notebooks of 1980 to 1999. It is available as both an ebook and a print-on-demand paperback book from Amazon.com, or as an ebook from Barnes and Noble.
Mary Rudge, Poet Laureate of the City of Alameda, wrote about Heart’s Journey:
“Nina Serrano’s poems center on the great adventure of being a woman. From youthful visionary to ultimate wise woman, Nina’s poems and drawings take you through the intricate passages of life’s mysteries. This intimate journey of the mind and heart is a book to cherish. One thinks of Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Che Guevara giving it their blessing. This is an adventure book of life itself, a woman’s life transcribed in strong, courageous, heartfelt poems.”
Heart Strong: Selected Poems, 2000–2012
Heart Strong is the third book in the trilogy Heart Suite. This volume includes poems written in the 21st century, from 2000 to 2012. It is available as both an ebook and a print-on-demand paperback book.