Gary Soto

(1952 / Fresno, California)

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Gary Anthony Soto (born April 12, 1952) is an American author and poet.
Soto was born to Mexican-American parents Manuel (1910–1957) and Angie Soto (1924-). In his youth, he worked in the fields of the San Joaquin Valley. Soto's father died in 1957, when he was five years old. As his family had to struggle to find work, he had little time or encouragement in his studies, hence, he was not a good student. Soto notes that in spite of his early academic record, while at high school he found an interest in poetry through writers such as Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, Jules Verne, Robert Frost and Thornton Wilder.
Soto attended Fresno City College and California State University, ... more »

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  • ur friend (10/9/2018 1:52:00 PM)

    actually in infinity war spodermen doesnt die peter perker does! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! .....

  • pastacat (10/1/2018 7:41:00 PM)

    He also wrote Oranges btww.

  • adrian ford (10/1/2018 4:53:00 PM)

    never read so byeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  • hi guys my name is ******* ****** (10/1/2018 12:50:00 PM)

    hi guys yall are the best bye guys

  • Mommy (9/4/2018 12:38:00 PM)

    My name is mommy but the gang calls me daddy and sometimes even uncle

  • daddy (9/3/2018 1:08:00 PM)

    my name is daddy but the gang calls me mommy and sometimes even auntie

  • Stephen Fowler (5/22/2018 1:42:00 PM)

    Didn't you write one called oranges and another called baseball in april

  • Pheobe Fentress (5/17/2018 8:52:00 AM)

    Me and my friends Kaley and Kaydense made up a name Gary Soto who was our friend. One day we looked up Gary Soto to see if anything came up. We found you and started reading all your writing. It was great. You write with passion and I Love your poems.

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  • Francis M. Govern (5/8/2018 3:22:00 PM)

    Fresno sounds like a bad place to be. I'll never go there. Oh, and Spiderman dies in Infinity War

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Best Poem of Gary Soto

Saturday At The Canal

I was hoping to be happy by seventeen.
School was a sharp check mark in the roll book,
An obnoxious tuba playing at noon because our team
Was going to win at night. The teachers were
Too close to dying to understand. The hallways
Stank of poor grades and unwashed hair. Thus,
A friend and I sat watching the water on Saturday,
Neither of us talking much, just warming ourselves
By hurling large rocks at the dusty ground
And feeling awful because San Francisco was a postcard
On a bedroom wall. We wanted to go there,
Hitchhike under the last migrating birds
And ...

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