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Working in the dark; reflections of a poet of the barrio

Santiago Baca, Jimmy

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ISBN 10: 1878610082 / ISBN 13: 9781878610089
Published by Red Crane Books, Santa Fe, NM, 1992
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xii, 168p., editor's introduction, glossary of Spanish terms, inscribed and signed by the poet, very good first edition in boards and unclipped dj. The poet's first book of prose. Bookseller Inventory # 62903

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Title: Working in the dark; reflections of a poet ...

Publisher: Red Crane Books, Santa Fe, NM

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Baca passionately explores the troubled years of his youth, from which he emerged with heightened awareness of his ethnic identify as a Chicano, his role as a witness for the misunderstood tribal life of the barrio, and his redemptive vocation as a poet.

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Jimmy Santiago Baca was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1952. His parents abandoned him at the age of two, and he lived with his grandmother for several years before being placed in an orphanage. A runaway at age thirteen, Baca was sentenced to five years in a maximum security prison at the age of twenty-one for drug offenses. It was in prison that he learned to read and write and began to compose poetry. His book Martin & Meditations on the South Valley, a pair of long narrative poems, won an American Book Award in 1988. In addition to his poetry collections and stories, Baca wrote the screenplay for the movie Bound by Honor, which was released by Hollywood Pictures in 1993.

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