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Spring Poems Along the Rio Grande
In Spring Poems Along the Rio Grande, Jimmy Santiago Baca continues his daily pilgrimage through the meadows, riverbanks, and bosques of the Rio Grande where winter dies, spring explodes, and inextricable links between the human spirit and the natural world are revealed--"the river and I see through each other's skins / behind the eyes into the tunnels of water-bone and ...more
Paperback, 75 pages
Published April 17th 2007 by New Directions
(first published April 1st 2007)
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The second of Jimmy Santiago Baca's Rio Grande books--I'm assuming there'll be future volumes on summer and autumn--this volume is less anguished than Winter Poems Along the Rio Grande, more celebration than wrestling with the demons that get between human beings and the world we live in. As a result, some of the poems veer towards the gnomic--Santiago Baca certainly isn't afraid of direct statement: "What is broken is blessed." What makes the poems vibrate for me is the way Santiago Baca links ...more
Reading this for my class this term as we prepare to meet the author in April. Baca's story is a very inspiring one, teaching himself to read in prison and becoming a very widely praised poet. Here, he channels the Romantics and writes an introspective stroll through a self-reflective Nature. Though I prefer his memoir, the poetry is alive and imagery rich. The backstory gives it more poignancy.
Jimmy Santiago Baca of Apache and Chicano descent is an American poet and writer.More about Jimmy Santiago Baca...