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(2 January 1952 / Santa Fe, New Mexico)

Poems of Jimmy Santiago Baca

1. A Daily Joy to be Alive 1/3/2003
2. Ancestor 1/3/2003
3. As Children Know 1/2/2012
4. As Life Was Five 1/3/2003
5. Choices 1/3/2003
6. Cloudy Day 1/2/2012
7. Count-time 1/3/2003
8. El Gato 10/11/2011
9. From Violence to Peace 1/2/2012
10. Green Chile 1/3/2003
11. I Am Offering This Poem 1/3/2003
12. Immigrants in Our Own Land 1/2/2012
13. Into Death Bravely 1/2/2012
14. It would be neat if with the New Year 1/2/2012
15. IX. Part 6 1/2/2012
16. Like an Animal 1/3/2003
17. Listening to Jazz Now 1/2/2012
18. Llano Vaqueros 1/3/2003
19. Main Character 10/11/2011
20. Matanza to Welcome Spring 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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