Gary Soto

(1952 / Fresno, California)

Gary Soto Poems

1. Making Money: Drought Year in Minkler, California 5/24/2016
2. Self-Inquiry before the Job Interview 5/24/2016
3. The Tale of Sunlight 5/24/2016
4. Teaching English from an Old Composition Book 5/24/2016
5. The Elements of San Joaquin 5/24/2016
6. Graciela 5/24/2016
7. The Jungle Café 5/24/2016
8. Late Confession 5/24/2016
9. Chiapas 5/24/2016
10. The Map 5/24/2016
11. The Drought 2/24/2016
12. After Tonight 5/24/2016
13. How Things Work 8/17/2015
14. Mission Tire Factory, 1969 1/20/2003
15. Saturday At The Canal 1/13/2003
16. A Red Palm 1/20/2003

Comments about Gary Soto

  • SECRET (12/14/2017 4:19:00 PM)


    1 person liked.
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  • Gary Soto (12/13/2017 12:09:00 PM)

    Oh wow Lazeo, thanks for the support! : D 😋 😋

  • Lazeo Gary (7/22/2013 2:30:00 PM)

    I love gary sotos poems... -Lazeo

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  • Orran Ainmire (1/28/2008 10:02:00 AM)

    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

  • I Love Whitt Bell (5/7/2007 1:29:00 PM)

    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?

  • Orran Ainmire (4/10/2007 9:16:00 PM)

    I apologize to all for the fact that i'm using this comment box as a means of delivering a personal message, but i feel it must be done. Okay first off... Why Whitt Bell why? Why do you pollute the msg boards of a website dedicated to poetry and poets alike with phrases of 'i hate this guy, i think all poetry is stupid.'
    Its obvious you don't understand the greater meaning behind written works of literature and, in turn, it shows that your an illiterate twit who is a prime example of ignorance everywhere. Your kind infest the world and, like a parasite, feast on the living Word of others while producing nothing of your own. You are a hypocrite and a louse; you should spout your words of stupidity elsewhere. Leave us in peace.

  • Whitt Bell (4/6/2007 1:36:00 PM)

    I think he should not even be considered a famous poetry person. He stinks and I don't like him because he is mexican.

  • Richard Cock III (6/26/2006 1:40:00 PM)

    i remember reading a short story by Soto in grammar school, which prompted me to see if PH had any of his stuff. im about to see if i can get my hands on any of his work at the local library, but still, please please please please post more!

  • Sarah Smith (11/8/2005 11:04:00 AM)

    Whoever your reviewer is obviously did not even read Taking Sides by Gary Soto. The reviewer's synopsis is so far off, it's offensive. Nowhere in this novel is there a mention of traveling to Japan. Ridiculous! It undermines the credibility of your website.

Best Poem of Gary Soto

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,
Until you yourself are breathing that way
With each step, a sigh that will follow you into town.

That's hours later. The sun is a red blister
Coming up in your palm. Your back is strong,
Young, not yet the broken chair
In an abandoned school of dry spiders.
Dust settles on your forehead, dirt
Smiles under each fingernail.
You chop, step, and by the end of the first row,
You can buy one splendid ...

Read the full of A Red Palm

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.
We're completing our task. The tip I left
For the waitress filters down
Like rain, wetting the new roots of a child
Perhaps, a belligerent cat that won't let go
Of a balled sock until there's chicken to eat.

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