Biography and Literature

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Working in the Dark: Reflections of a Poet of the Barrio


Jimmy Baca

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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"Baca is the author of several volumes of poetry. Baca learned to read and write as a young man in prison; his poetry focuses on prison, darkness, night, myth, and Chicanismo. This is a collection of autobiographical essays exploring his ethnic identity and the process and experience of creation and writing; the essays are permeated with Baca's intensely lyrical sense of the empowerment of literacy and language. Appropriate for comprehensive contemporary poetry collections as well as Chicano literature collections."

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Library Journal



"This is a book about connection, forged by a poetic imagination in a language that sometimes soars. Highly recommended."

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MultiCultural Review



"This volume is less an autobiography than a romantic paean, taking form as a series of essays, to the redemptive, ecstatic capabilities of poetry. Baca sees his vocation in transcendental terms: 'I became one with the air and sky, the dirt and the iron and the concrete'; he regards himself as a voice for the poor and oppressed in America. As a self-ordained spokesperson for Chicanos, he is at his best when evoking barrio culture: his stately grandmother, the village cantinas, and the quiet solidarity of Mexican workers."

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Publishers Weekly



Published By Red Crane Books


5.5 x 8.5 in. 182 pages 5 drawings