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Author: BACA, JIMMY SANTIAGO
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Baca, Jimmy Santiago    Poet's Biography
46 poems available by this author


A SONG OF SURVIVAL    Poem Text    
First Line: I worked as a licensed plumber, had my own tools
Last Line: And the seasrch led me to my first cell in prison
Subject(s): Plumbers; Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


AH RAIN!    Poem Text    
First Line: Sweet scented, dripping from eaves and darkening
Last Line: My religion is rain, my anger, hate, love is rain
Subject(s): Politics & Government; Rain


ANCESTOR    Poem Text    
First Line: It was a time when they were afraid of him
Last Line: Out of the long felt nights and days of yesterday
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


AS CHILDREN KNOW    Poem Text    
First Line: Elm branches radiate green heat
Subject(s): Children; Childhood


AS CHILDREN KNOW    Poem Text    
First Line: Elm branches radiate green heat
Subject(s): Children; Disappointment; Childhood


CLOUDY DAY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: It is windy today. A wall of wind crashes against
Subject(s): Disappointment; Crime & Criminals


CRYING POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: For the longest time


EL GATO    Poem Text    
First Line: At eight
Subject(s): Chicanos; Mexican Americans


FROM VIOLENCE TO PEACE    Poem Text    
First Line: Twenty-eight shotgun pellets
Subject(s): Crime & Criminals; Grief; Death; Chicanos; Sorrow; Sadness; Dead, The; Mexican Americans


HITCHHIKER    Poem Text    
First Line: Driving home tonight
Last Line: With the chalky pumice of his heart
Subject(s): Loss


HOW WE CARRY OURSELVES    Poem Text    
First Line: I am the broken reed in this deathly organ
Last Line: Turning yourself on.
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


I AM OFFERING THIS POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: I am offering this poem to you
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Love


I AM SURE OF IT    Poem Text    
First Line: Just after supper sheets were passed out
Last Line: Close or far away, it doesn't matter, I am sure of it
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


I APPLIED FOR THE BOARD    Poem Text    
First Line: A flight of fancy and breath of fresh air
Last Line: And partly fvom the joy that it was over
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Politics & Government


IMMIGRANTS IN OUR OWN LAND    Poem Text    
First Line: We are born with dreams in our hearts
Last Line: So long gone from life itself, so many things have changed
Subject(s): Ethnic Groups - United States; Minorities - United States; Social Problems; United States - Race Relations


INTO DEATH BRAVELY    Poem Text    
First Line: Winter/throws his great white shield
Subject(s): Winter; Death; Dead, The


IT STARTED    Poem Text    
First Line: A little state-funded barrack
Last Line: Of our meeting, our friendship
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


IT WOULD BE NEAT IF WITH THE NEW YEAR    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Solitude


LIKE AN ANIMAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Behind the smooth texture
Last Line: Behind these prison walls
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


LISTENING TO JAZZ NOW    Poem Text    
First Line: Listening to jazz now, I'm happy
Subject(s): Jazz


LLANO VAQUEROS    Poem Text    
First Line: Padilla unloads mangy herd of mexican
Subject(s): Cowboys; Ancestors & Ancestry; Heritage; Heredity


MAIN CHARACTER    Poem Text    
First Line: I want to see
Subject(s): Motion Pictures; West (U.s.); Movies; Cinema; Southwest; Pacific States


MATANZA TO WELCOME SPRING    Poem Text    
First Line: Spread eagle sheep legs wide
Subject(s): Spring; Sheep; Death; Birth; Dead, The; Child Birth; Midwifery


MEDITATIONS ON THE SOUTH VALLEY, PART XXIII    Poem Text    
First Line: Pancho, the barrio idiot
Subject(s): Fantasy; Mental Retardation; Barrios


OPPRESSION    Poem Text    
First Line: Is a question of strength
Subject(s): Racism; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


RUDE    Poem Text    
First Line: Life is so rude to me. Leaves my head
Last Line: Telling you the truth of what you long tried to hide
Subject(s): Life


SANCTUARY    Poem Text    
First Line: I could not disengage my world
Subject(s): Survival; Chicanos; Mexican Americans


SLEEPING CONVICTS IN THE CELLBLOCK    Poem Text    
First Line: They dream the sun rising abaove carved cliffs
Last Line: As it swoops out a broken window
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


SO MEXICANS ARE TAKING JOBS FROM AMERICANS    Poem Text    
First Line: O yes? Do they come on horses
Last Line: And the children too
Subject(s): Ethnic Groups - United States; Minorities - United States; United States - Race Relations


STEEL DOORS OF PRISON    Poem Text    
First Line: The big compound gates close the world off
Last Line: Slowly swallowing you
Subject(s): Politics & Government; Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


THE COUNTY JAIL    Poem Text    
First Line: Men late at night cook coffee in rusty cans
Last Line: Return to his bunk
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


THE NEW WARDEN    Poem Text    
First Line: He sat in the cool morning
Last Line: One old convict ended up marrying the governorís mother
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


THE PAINTERS    Poem Text    
First Line: The painters paint over my shoes
Last Line: My exile, from the painters
Subject(s): Assimilation


THE SHOP    Poem Text    
First Line: I went down yesterday
Subject(s): Chicanos; Mexican Americans


THERE ARE BLACK    Poem Text    
First Line: There are black guards slamming cell gates on black men
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Race Awareness; Convicts


THIS DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: I feel foolish
Subject(s): Life


TO MINE OWN SELF    Poem Text    
First Line: My hands the hook thunder hangs its hat on
Subject(s): Self


TO MY OWN SELF    Poem Text    
First Line: My hands the -- hook thunder hangs its hat on
Last Line: My soul song of all life
Subject(s): Self


TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Weather; Farm Life; Agriculture; Farmers


V    Poem Text    
First Line: Years pass
Subject(s): Chicanos; Mexican Americans


WHAT IS BROKEN IS WHAT GOD BLESSES    Poem Text    
First Line: The lover's footprint in the sand
Subject(s): Resilience


WHAT'S HAPPENING    Poem Text    
First Line: At this moment, fires of a riot are everywhere
Last Line: Viva la huelga!
Subject(s): Politics & Government; Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


WHEN LIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: Is cut close, blades and bones
Subject(s): Stoicism


WHO UNDERSTANDS ME BUT ME    Poem Text    
First Line: They turn the water off, so I live without water
Last Line: Who understands me when I say this is beautiful?
Subject(s): Politics & Government


WISHES    Poem Text    
First Line: As spring ends today, this morning
Last Line: As they run out the screen door to play
Subject(s): Wishes


YESTERDAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Yesterday, the sunshine made the air glow
Subject(s): Love; Poetry & Poets