Treasure Island

Jimmy Santiago Baca

(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

Ancestor

It was a time when they were afraid of him.
My father, a bare man, a gypsy, a horse
with broken knees no one would shoot.
Then again, he was like the orange tree,
and young women plucked from him sweet fruit.
To meet him, you must be in the right place,
even his sons and daughter, we wondered
where was papa now and what was he doing.
He held the mystique of travelers

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