Jimmy Santiago Baca

(2 January 1952 / Santa Fe, New Mexico)

Jimmy Santiago Baca Poems

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

Comments about Jimmy Santiago Baca

  • 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.

  • Willy Penate (2/20/2007 10:50:00 PM)

    *psssssst* (whispers)
    Hey. Who is Jimmy Santiago Baca and what does he do?

  • Willy Penate (2/20/2007 10:48:00 PM)

    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

  • Xandrix Baluyot (2/20/2007 10:43:00 PM)

    I concur. However, 'Welcome to Hiroshima' by Mary Jo Salter is way cooler. *kfffffff* I'm not not Kyle.

  • Willy Penate (2/20/2007 10:33:00 PM)

    This poem is too unfreakingbelievably awesome to have some stupid english essay written about it.
    My name is Kyle.


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 ...

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As Life Was Five

Portate bien,
behave yourself you always said to me.
I behaved myself
when others were warm in winter
and I stood out in the cold.
I behaved myself when others had full plates
and I stared at them hungrily,
never speaking out of turn,
existing in a shell of good white behavior

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