Jimmy Santiago Baca

Jimmy Santiago Baca Biography

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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Willy Penate 20 February 2007

Two more questions: 1) What's a poem? b) I'm so cool.

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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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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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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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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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The Best Poem Of Jimmy Santiago Baca

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,
or like a pair of thick socks
the cold cannot bite through,

I love you,

I have nothing else to give you,
so it is a pot full of yellow corn
to warm your belly in the winter,
it is a scarf for your head, to wear
over your hair, to tie up around your face,

I love you,

Keep it, treasure it as you would
if you were lost, needing direction,
in the wilderness life becomes when mature;
and in the corner of your drawer,
tucked away like a cabin or a hogan
in dense trees, come knocking,
and I will answer, give you directions,
and let you warm yourself by this fire,
rest by this fire, and make you feel safe,

I love you,

It's all I have to give,
and it's all anyone needs to live,
and to go on living inside,
when the world outside
no longer cares if you live or die;

I love you.

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