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A Simple Plan

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National Book Award finalist Gary Soto returns to his favorite themes of place, childhood, and kinship with the down-and-out in his sparkling and satisfying new collection of poems. The title poem concerns a young man's attempt to rid himself of the family dog by leading it so far from home that it becomes lost for gooda metaphor for the poet's attempt to rid himself of th ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published March 8th 2007 by Chronicle Books
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Alexa Mergen
Aug 20, 2013 Alexa Mergen rated it it was amazing
I picked this book up at Russo's independent bookstore in Bakersfield where once upon a time I led poetry workshops. I like Soto's "Human Nature" too, but this collection remains my favorite. If you have known a good dog, read "Nelson, My Dog." Here's a snippet:

"If you call him, he will drop his tennis ball,
Look up, and come running,
This muddy friend for life. When you bring your nose
To his nose for something like a kiss,
You can find yourself in his eyes."

Disclosure: Soto was one of my undergrad
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A Simple Plan is Soto's latest book and his last with Chronicle Books as he makes the switch to Tupelo. As he does frequently, Soto writes about the human spirit under physical labor and his growing up in mid-century Fresno and the wonders of its metaphysics. Particularly strong, not just within the book, but in his career, is "Bean Plants," a poem that infuses the poetics of Levine and Levis. This book, like all of Soto's writings, runs rampant with dead-on imagery and endings like no other.
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Gary Soto, born April 12, 1952, was raised in Fresno, California. He is the author of eleven poetry collections for adults, most notably New and Selected Poems, a 1995 finalist for both the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the National Book Award. His poems have appeared in many literary magazines, including Ploughshares, Michigan Quarterly, Poetry International, and Poetry, which

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