National Book Award finalist Gary Soto presents a collection of forty new poems that will bring a wry smile of recognition to anyone who endured the angst, anxiety, and misguided realities of childhood and adolescence. Here are poems about the mixed joys of owning a dog who is so obviously inferior to all others in the neighborhood; about the blessings of knowing Italian (thus becoming closer to the Pope and, hence, salvation); and about Soto's years attending junior college during the early '70s in search of truth (wisdom not being possible). The work of America's foremost Chicano poet resonates with the comic and the deadpan, and with a rare understanding that transcends the ordinary while remaining true to the heart.
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Gary Soto is one of today's most celebrated Chicano writers. He has received the Literature Award from the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, and his New & Selected Poems was a finalist for the National Book Award. He lives in Berkeley, California.From Library Journal:
Soto's 15th book of poetry is both a place for discovery and an exploration of how discrimination limits one's potential for growth. Like a fish wiggling upstream, Soto struggled free from the stereotypes ("Mexican rednecks") of Chicano life in the San Joaquin Valley and Fresno, California, in the 1960s. Nostalgia for an innocent time is offset by the probings in vigorous, plain diction of an unconventional youth "huddled against" a "bewildered and nervous" family, "weak-eyed" teachers, and the commonplace, "ugly" world of "scrams and coughing and palpitating hearts." (Images of "dead water" in the town's canals and ditches reinforce the sense of a degraded environment.) The poems trace a trajectory of deepening ethnicity, documenting the Mexican American heritage and emphasize higher education's role in expanding options. Sometimes labeled "America's foremost Chicano poet," Soto would more accurately be called one of America's foremost contemporary poets.?Frank Allen, Northampton Community Coll., Tannersville, Pa.
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