Jimmy Santiago Baca’s Self Revelation Through Poetry A man with nothing to lose could be considered more dangerous than a man with everything to gain. The back and forth, up and down, side to side story of Jimmy Santiago Baca’s life shows that a man fighting for survival yearns more than a man fighting for simple possessions. Prison takes a toll on people differently, but those people have to accept the fact that jail is now their home for the time being. Some may continue along the beaten path, consuming themselves with regret, anger, or denial; but, some may seek a smoother path, digging deep and figuring out how to modify their lives for the better.
“Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.” In the story “Coming Into Language” Jimmy Santiago Baca writes about him growing up in an empty environment and how him not making the right choices brought him a lot of hardships, but despite all that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. Baca shows the reader how reading and writing changed how he grew as a person. He grew up into an adult and the tragedies he had to face in order to become one. Two years after being released from custody, he is arrested again on drug charges and receives a one million dollar bail.
A Place to Stand In Chapter 2 of his memoir, poet and author Jimmy Santiago Baca recounts about being thirteen years old the first time he was incarcerated. He was made ward of the court and placed in a boys detention center for running away from the orphanage on various occasions. During his stay in the detention center, he was around other chicano boys who concealed their fears and suffering with a defiant pride, they taught him how to fight and intimidate others. The director of the facility decided to give him the opportunity to attend a local high school where he met the school’s football coach, and soon after joined the football team.
Santiago once said,” Literacy is freedom, and everyone has something significant to say” he demonstrates this exceedingly in his writing to the point that every word has a potent effect on his writing. Jimmy Santiago Baca wrote “Strangers in a Strange Land” or “Immigrants in Our Own Land” about his own time as a prisoner and immigrant. Jimmy Santiago’s “Immigrants in Our Own land” creates a dreary outlook on immigration by his style writing. Santiago uses imagery so substantially that the reader can immediately picture the basic idea that Santiago is indicating.
The names of the group of people in this story were many and will be remembered. Jose de Jesus Rodriguez a man that traveled for the first time to the U.S. Enrique Landeros Garcia was a man who got lost and coming from San Pedro Altepepan, who had a wife Octavia and a child named Alexis who didn’t want him to go but he wanted to better their life. Reyno Bartolo Hernandez was a friend of Enrique and was a coffee farmer and was married to Agustina. Lorenzo Ortiz Hernandez, from the same place as Enrique and Reyno, he had five children and a wife and he didn’t have enough money to afford to keep up with the family so he went to better the life of his family. Reymundo Barreda Maruri and his son traveled because once again there was no work in Mexico
VASCO NÚÑEZ DE BALBOA Vasco Núñez de Balboa was a spanish explorer during the 1500s. Balboa was born on May 22, 1475 in Jerez de los Caballeros, a town in the impoverished Extremadura region of Spain. His mother was the Lady de Badajoz, and his father was Nuño Arias de Balboa, a nobleman. As a child, his family was poor.
Escobar was born in the village of Rionegro in Antioquia, Colombia, the fourth of six children to Abel de Jesus Escobar, a peasant, and Hemilda Gaviria, an elementary school teacher. Pablo and his family resided in an adobe hut that had no electricity but had running water. This would place him solidly within the middle class in that part of Colombia at that time. Pablo and his brother were once sent home from school because Pablo had no shoes and no money to buy them. Escobar studied political science at a nearby university but was forced to drop out when he could not afford to pay the required fees.
In the poem “Green Chile” by Jimmy Santiago Baca the author shows us how his culture relates to why he loves green chile it brings back memories about his family. “When I visit her she holds the green chile pepper in her wrinkled hands “. Also how the green chile like plays a role in his life . Also the green chile shows what type of person that he is
The poem “The Coat” by John L. Ruth tells the story of a boy who was given his grandfather’s coat. At first the boy loves the coat but after some time, he becomes irritated by the coat and gives it away. Although the title may be an allusion to the “coat of many colors” mentioned in the book of Genesis, this poem can be applied to all religions and other beliefs that are passed down from one generation to the next. The coat in the poem symbolizes tradition. The first line of the poem is “Once my grandmother gave me a coat.”
The first author that I have chosen to write about is Claude Mckay. “Claude Mckay was born into a poor farm-working family in Sunny Ville, Clarendon Parish, Jamaica, and spent half of his life on the British Caribbean Island” (Norton 2721). As I noticed while reading a brief description about Claude Mckay he had a rough upbringing and had a harsh life like most authors did. Mckay had several jobs such as a cabinetmaker and a police. As stated in the Norton, “Walter Jekyll, encouraged him to write in Jamaican dialect, or Creole” (Norton 2721).
“Ghosts” Nature makes up the entire structure of our world and has a very powerful effect when implemented into poetry. Mary Oliver does an exquisite job of diving into the topic of settling the United States and participating in the destroying of animals and humans along with their habitats in her poem “Ghosts”. This poem strongly portrays the negative effects from domesticating North America.