Jimmy Santiago Baca

(2 January 1952 / Santa Fe, New Mexico)

Jimmy Santiago Baca Poems

1. I Am Offering This Poem 1/3/2003
2. Who Understands Me But Me 1/3/2003
3. Like an Animal 1/3/2003
4. Green Chile 1/3/2003
5. A Daily Joy to be Alive 1/3/2003
6. Oppression 1/3/2003
7. As Life Was Five 1/3/2003
8. Choices 1/3/2003
9. Old Woman 1/3/2003
10. Count-time 1/3/2003
11. Ancestor 1/3/2003
12. Llano Vaqueros 1/3/2003
13. The Day Brushes It's Curtains Aside 1/3/2003
14. The Blackbird 1/3/2003
15. When Life 1/3/2003
16. To My Own Self 1/3/2003
17. Listening to Jazz Now 1/2/2012
18. Cloudy Day 1/2/2012
19. Main Character 10/11/2011
20. Immigrants in Our Own Land 1/2/2012

Green Chile

I prefer red chile over my eggs
and potatoes for breakfast.
Red chile ristras decorate my door,
dry on my roof, and hang from eaves.
They lend open-air vegetable stands
historical grandeur, and gently swing
with an air of festive welcome.
I can hear them talking in the wind,
haggard, yellowing, crisp, rasping

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