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Black Mesa Poems

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Black Mesa Poems is rooted in the American Southwest, the setting of Jimmy Santiago Baca's highly acclaimed long narrative poem, Martin Meditations on the South Valley (New Directions, 1987). "Baca's evocation of this landscape," as City Paper noted, "its aridity and fertility, is nothing short of brilliant." The individual poems of Black Mesa are embedded both in the fami ...more
Paperback, 126 pages
Published November 17th 1989 by New Directions (first published November 1989)
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Laura Callanan
May 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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I am not one to enjoy poetry, but I loved this collection of poems. Baca captures the essence of New Mexico as a place and a people in such an evocative way that it helps me feel there even from this distance.
Meg Tuite
Feb 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite poets! Baca is a phenomenon that you must experience. Pick a collection of his or his autobiography and read it! You will be transformed!
Aug 12, 2008 rated it liked it
The argument this book caused in my "Environmental Poetry" class was priceless.
Aug 16, 2007 rated it really liked it
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I really like his poetry. I've heard him speak several times at conferences, and he's as real as his poems. A new voice for minorities.
Apr 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Best read by the author.
Stephanie M. Allen
Jul 21, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Stephanie by: Tiffany Brook
A bunch of poems that weren't very interesting and didn't really read like poetry in my opinion.
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Jimmy Santiago Baca of Apache and Chicano descent is an American poet and writer.
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