Gary Soto

(1952 / Fresno, California)

Gary Soto Poems

1. The Drought 2/24/2016
2. After Tonight 5/24/2016
3. Chiapas 5/24/2016
4. The Elements of San Joaquin 5/24/2016
5. Graciela 5/24/2016
6. The Jungle Café 5/24/2016
7. Late Confession 5/24/2016
8. Making Money: Drought Year in Minkler, California 5/24/2016
9. The Map 5/24/2016
10. Self-Inquiry before the Job Interview 5/24/2016
11. The Tale of Sunlight 5/24/2016
12. Teaching English from an Old Composition Book 5/24/2016
13. How Things Work 8/17/2015
14. Mission Tire Factory, 1969 1/20/2003
15. Saturday At The Canal 1/13/2003
16. A Red Palm 1/20/2003
Best Poem of Gary Soto

A Red Palm

You're in this dream of cotton plants.
You raise a hoe, swing, and the first weeds
Fall with a sigh. You take another step,
Chop, and the sigh comes again,
Until you yourself are breathing that way
With each step, a sigh that will follow you into town.

That's hours later. The sun is a red blister
Coming up in your palm. Your back is strong,
Young, not yet the broken chair
In an abandoned school of dry spiders.
Dust settles on your forehead, dirt
Smiles under each fingernail.
You chop, step, and by the end of the first row,
You can buy one splendid ...

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After Tonight

Because there are avenues
Of traffic lights, a phone book
Of brothers and lawyers,
Why should you think your purse
Will not be tugged from your arm
Or the screen door
Will remain latched
Against the man
Who hugs and kisses

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