Jimmy Santiago Baca

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Jimmy Santiago Baca is an American Poet and writer.

Life and Career

Jimmy Santiago Baca was born in Santa Fe County, New Mexico, in 1952. Abandoned by his parents at the age of two, he lived with one of his grandmothers for several years before being placed in an orphanage. He wound up living on the streets, and at the age of twenty-on ...
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I Am Offering This Poem
I am offering this poem to you,
since I have nothing else to give.
Keep it like a warm coat,
when winter comes to cover you,
Who Understands Me But Me
They turn the water off, so I live without water,
they build walls higher, so I live without treetops,
they paint the windows black, so I live without sunshine,
they lock my cage, so I live without going anywhere,
Like An Animal
Behind the smooth texture
Of my eyes, way inside me,
A part of me has died:
I move my bloody fingernails
A Daily Joy To Be Alive
No matter how serene things
may be in my life,
how well things are going,
my body and soul
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.


aurthar 23 December 2018
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honoralovall 09 December 2018
which book contains the gate poems and where could I buy it?
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honora lovall 09 December 2018
what book contains the gato poems and where can I buy it?
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Debby King 06 November 2018
Dear Mr. Baca, I heard your poem, Sixteen, read on Boston Public Radio yesterday and was very moved by it. In two weeks, I am the speaker at the Sakonnet Peace Alliance, a group which meets every Sunday for a Peace Vigil I would be honored to read your poem and am hoping you might send me a copy of it. Thank you, Debby King, Westport, MA
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NITEI 05 November 2018
Where can I find Sixteen?
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Jeffrey Willoughby 23 May 2017
Dear Mr Baca My name is Jeff Willoughby and I am in 7th grade. I had to recite a poet. I picked you because your poems are so beautifully written. I am such a huge fan. I recited " I Am Offering This Poem" That is my favorite poem. I just love that poem Mr Baca you email me it would be an honor me jrwilloghby07@gmail.com
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Jeffrey Willoughby 23 May 2017
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Stephy Bird(: 18 November 2013
I am a student in year 9 and I just wanted to say how amazing Mr Baca's poetry really is. I had to recite Whu understands me but me for a class assignment and though it was difficult to remember every line, I really felt the meaning beneath the words on a page as I'm sure that the audience did too. All the feelings that reflect from these poems are exactly what I have felt or what I'm feeling. These peices are utterly amazing and beautiful. I really hope that everyone that reads them fully appreciates the time, effort, meaning, and feeling poured into each and every one of these outstanding poetry peices. xoxo Steph(:
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Rachell Pitrucha 01 November 2011
I am a poetry student at NMHU and saw Jimmy Santiago Baca reach out to his community with all his heart. Although I am white and a transplant to the state of NM, I saw that the local young men really were toughed as was a young black guy from California. NM and all other states should have more inspirational artists like Jimmy coming to tell stories and read aloud to a community to which they relate to and we wouldn't have so much crime, misunderstanding and the damnation of the few good men who still exist amongst an all- too- often cruel world. Even as I could not relate to the culture since I didn't grow up here, Baca was an inspiration and example that people have the control to become who they want to be even when their past circumstances have all but withered their desire to live! Thanks Jimmy Santiago Baca for being an inspiration for a better life in NM and for the young people who don't have the comforts of life handed to them on a silver platter! !
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Xandrix Baluyot 20 February 2007
Willy, my old friend. I'm afraid you're mistaken, yet again... but I forgive you. And a poem is something like what Mr. Baca, a poet, made. The following is one of my favorite quotes from his poem 'Green Chile': 'I prefer...my eggs and potatoes for breakfast... in the wind... licking the breeze.' Oh, and: 'But grandmother loves... sweating over the stove...for a dollar a bag...' Those quotes really capture the true meaning of the poem, in my opinion. *kfffffffff kfffffffff kfffffffff*
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Willy Penate 20 February 2007
Two more questions: 1) What's a poem? b) I'm so cool.
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Willy Penate 20 February 2007
*psssssst* (whispers) Hey. Who is Jimmy Santiago Baca and what does he do?
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Willy Penate 20 February 2007
I think xman is completely wrong in saying that. Not based on the content that he posted, no. This is based on xman himself. You are always wrong in what you say and all your base are belong to me. Make your time. kfffffffffffffffff
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Xandrix Baluyot 20 February 2007
I concur. However, 'Welcome to Hiroshima' by Mary Jo Salter is way cooler. *kfffffff* I'm not not Kyle.
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Willy Penate 20 February 2007
This poem is too unfreakingbelievably awesome to have some stupid english essay written about it. My name is Kyle. -Kyle
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