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Human Nature

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Poetry. Latino/Latina Studies. Gary Soto's eleventh book of poems for adults, HUMAN NATURE is full of arresting images and surprising scenarios--and probably more uncanny opening lines than in any book you'll read all year. These poems pretend to be "simple" portraits of remembered youth and of life at the other end, where a man is walking into old age. Yet their surface t...more
Paperback, 90 pages
Published April 15th 2010 by Tupelo Press (first published March 29th 2010)
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Great Chicano Poet. A nice collection here.

Met him the other week @ a local library reading. He was exhausted but humorous, good natured.

My favorite poem of his is, "True Story."
"This is a dog's life devoured, To its core and three seeds." -Gary Soto
Last fall, Cal State Fresno dedicated a museum to honor Gary Soto, a Fresno native son, and my wife went during the first week, while author Soto was meeting and greeting folks there. Knowing that I had been following Soto's writings for several years and had often expressed admiration for his work, she obtained an autographed copy of this new collection of his poems for me. I started reading just after moving to Fresno, and I finished it this morning. I was not especially impressed with the col...more
Allison DeLauer
The other night – for no apparent reason – my laptop stopped charging. I plugged it into every single outlet in the house and performed all digital rituals I could imagine that might help it fire up. I had exactly 2.5 hours left of juice. My eyeball into the whole rest of the world would close before dinner—maybe forever. I needed to finish my exercise DVD, work on poems, and then God save me–be able to download at least 2 episodes of True Blood before I went to sleep. (My laptop serves as gym,...more
These prosy "I" poems are not to my taste, but they are held in high regard by others: Garrison Keillor read aloud "The Dime Store Parakeet" on The Writer's Almanac (May 25, 2010); and Thomas Lux and Martin Espada provide book blurbs.
I love Soto's earlier work, so while I liked many of the poems in Human Nature, I didn't care for the collection as a whole. I guess I am still looking for a great love poem like his work, "Oranges".
Maughn Gregory
I found this collection uneven, but there were plenty of gems here and I'm still a Soto fan.
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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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