Jimmy Santiago Baca

(2 January 1952 / Santa Fe, New Mexico)

Jimmy Santiago Baca Poems

1. A Daily Joy To Be Alive 1/3/2003
2. Ancestor 1/3/2003
3. As Children Know 1/2/2012
4. As Life Was Five 1/3/2003
5. Choices 1/3/2003
6. Cloudy Day 1/2/2012
7. Count-Time 1/3/2003
8. El Gato 10/11/2011
9. From Violence To Peace 1/2/2012
10. Green Chile 1/3/2003
11. I Am Offering This Poem 1/3/2003
12. Immigrants In Our Own Land 1/2/2012
13. Into Death Bravely 1/2/2012
14. It Would Be Neat If With The New Year 1/2/2012
15. Ix. Part 6 1/2/2012
16. Like An Animal 1/3/2003
17. Listening To Jazz Now 1/2/2012
18. Llano Vaqueros 1/3/2003
19. Main Character 10/11/2011
20. Matanza To Welcome Spring 1/2/2012
21. Meditations On The South Valley, Part Xxiii 1/2/2012
22. Old Woman 1/3/2003
23. Oppression 1/3/2003
24. Sanctuary 1/2/2012
25. Ten 1/2/2012
26. The Blackbird 1/3/2003
27. The County Jail 1/2/2012
28. The Day Brushes It's Curtains Aside 1/3/2003
29. There Are Black 1/2/2012
30. This Day 1/2/2012
31. Tire Shop 10/11/2011
32. To My Own Self 1/3/2003
33. Too Much Of A Good Thing 1/2/2012
34. V 1/2/2012
35. What Is Broken Is What God Blesses 1/2/2012
36. When Life 1/3/2003
37. Who Understands Me But Me 1/3/2003
38. Yesterday 1/2/2012

Comments about Jimmy Santiago Baca

  • honoralovall (12/9/2018 4:28:00 PM)

    which book contains the gate poems and where could I buy it?

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  • honora lovall (12/9/2018 4:26:00 PM)

    what book contains the gato poems and where can I buy it?

  • Debby King (11/6/2018 8:33:00 AM)

    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

  • NITEI (11/5/2018 10:23:00 PM)

    Where can I find Sixteen?

  • Jeffrey Willoughby (5/23/2017 9:56:00 AM)

    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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  • Stephy Bird(: (11/18/2013 6:28:00 PM)

    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(:

  • Rachell Pitrucha (11/1/2011 5:53:00 PM)

    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! !

  • Xandrix Baluyot (2/20/2007 10:55:00 PM)

    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*

  • Willy Penate (2/20/2007 10:53:00 PM)

    Two more questions:

    1) What's a poem?

    b) I'm so cool.

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 ...

Read the full of I Am Offering This Poem

When Life

Is cut close, blades and bones,
And the stench of sewers is everywhere,
Blood-sloshed floors,
And guards count the dead
With the blink of an eyelid, then hurry home
To supper and love, what saves us
From going mad is to carry a vacant stare
And a quiet half-dead dream.

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