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Winter Poems Along the Rio Grande
A romantic and a populist, Jimmy Santiago Baca celebrates nature and creativity: the power of "becoming more the river than myself" in Winter Poems Along the Rio Grande. These poems are an expansive meditation on Baca's spiritual life, punctuated always with his feetrepeatedly, rhythmicallyon the ground as he runs every morning along the river. Baca contemplates his old li ...more
Paperback, 101 pages
Published April 17th 2004 by New Directions
(first published April 15th 2004)
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Jan 20, 2013 Craig Werner rated it really liked it
I have a deep affection for Jimmy Santiago Baca, based on his sense of the West, his fierce commitment to remembering the world he came from (and in which he continues to live, albeit from a difference location), his sense of humor. Winter Poems Along the Rio Grande adds a deeper spiritual sensibility, one that reminds me of Joy Harjo and Denise Levertov. There were times as I read when I wondered whether the moments of prayer and wisdom would read cliche, a bit abstract, to someone who wasn't f ...more
Even though his line rhythms are sometimes irritating, I love his honesty. He also has a way of combining similes and metaphors--especially from his culture and the past--that surprises me. He's a clumsy poet, but I'll be rolling through one of his pieces, and a line will suddenly grab me and make me gasp a little.
Jimmy Santiago Baca of Apache and Chicano descent is an American poet and writer.More about Jimmy Santiago Baca...