Gary Soto

Gary Soto Poems

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

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,

Mission Tire Factory, 1969

All through lunch Peter pinched at his crotch,
And Jesús talked about his tattoos,
And I let the flies crawl my arm, undisturbed,
Thinking it was wrong, a buck sixty five,

How Things Work

Today it's going to cost us twenty dollars
To live. Five for a softball. Four for a book,
A handful of ones for coffee and two sweet rolls,
Bus fare, rosin for your mother's violin.

The Drought

The clouds shouldered a path up the mountains
East of Ocampo, and then descended,
Scraping their bellies gray on the cracked shingles of slate.

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I Love Whitt Bell 07 May 2007

I love you, Whitt Bell. Gary Soto is horrible because he writes meaningless crap that doesn't mean anything. 'it shows that your an illiterate twit' Should be 'you're' 'Your kind infest the world and, like' Should be 'Your kind infest the world, and, like' 'feast on the living Word of others' Should be 'feast on the living word of others' Who's illiterate?

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C´mon 14 September 2021

This shows how dumb you are that you can´t understand gary soto's poems

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Orran Ainmire 28 January 2008

You're most likely the same person, or you are just as foolish to defend someone like him. I'll admit: I'm grammar challenged, but the rules of the English Language change so often that such a state differs from being illiterate. 'Your' was a typo. You are correct in pointing that out. 'Your kind infest the world and, like a parasite, feast on the living Word of others while producing nothing of your own' is correct because: 'feast on the living Word of others while producing nothing of your own' is not an independent clause; therefore, you should not put a comma before the 'and'. I capitalized 'Word' because it is the living Word and the capitalization signifies a greater meaning. Read some of Emily Dickinson's poetry and you'll understand what I was trying to imply. You think your remarks are witty, but it is you, sir, who is illiterate. Again, I apologize for the misuse of the comment box. This shall be the last instance that this takes place. Humbly yours- Orran Ainmire

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[3 14 September 2021

good point

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Lazeo Gary 22 July 2013

I love gary sotos poems... -Lazeo

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Why you gotta be an Idiot 14 September 2021

You never have written one poem that has come close to this mans accomplishments and if he is illiterate then he wouldent be listed.

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kaylee 16 April 2020

he inspire me to be a righter and his poem make me fill so powerful

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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 encou ...

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