Martín & Meditations on the South Valley

Mart n Meditations on the South Valley Fiercely moving the two long narrative poems of Mart n Meditations on the South Valley revolve around the semi autobiographical figure of Martin a mestizo or detribalized Apache Abandoned as a child

  • Title: Martín & Meditations on the South Valley
  • Author: Jimmy Santiago Baca Denise Levertov
  • ISBN: 9780811210324
  • Page: 473
  • Format: Paperback
  • Fiercely moving, the two long narrative poems of Mart n Meditations on the South Valley revolve around the semi autobiographical figure of Martin, a mestizo or detribalized Apache Abandoned as a child and a long time on the hard path to building his own family, Martin at last finds his home in the stubborn and beautiful world of the barrio Jimmy Santiago Baca writes wFiercely moving, the two long narrative poems of Mart n Meditations on the South Valley revolve around the semi autobiographical figure of Martin, a mestizo or detribalized Apache Abandoned as a child and a long time on the hard path to building his own family, Martin at last finds his home in the stubborn and beautiful world of the barrio Jimmy Santiago Baca writes with unconcealed passion, Denise Levertov states in her introduction, but he is far from being a naive realist what makes his writing so exciting to me is the way in which it manifests both an intense lyricism and that transformative vision which perceives the mythic and archetypal significance of life events.

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    1. Sarah

      I don't usually like to read long, narrative poems. Actually, I don't usually like modern poetry, period.This is haunting, redemptive, powerful, and meaningful in a larger political context.

    2. Tiffany Cusick-Bristol

      This was a very enjoyable book, and I wish more authors attempted to write in this poetic manner. It was an easy read, yet insightful and beautiful. The language was so descriptive, it sometimes shocked and other times awed me. The story is just humbling. I don't want to be a spoiler so I am going to leave my review at that. I look forward to reading other similar works.

    3. Craig Werner

      Two interrelated books of narrative poetry. The first, semi-autobigraphical is Santiago-Baca at his absoloute best, tracking the life of a "detribalized Indian"/Chicano boy abandoned by his parents, putting his life back together piece by piece. The second, good but not on quiet the same level, picks up the protagonist following the burning of the house he'd built as symbol of his rebuilt life--mostly a gallery of portraits of life in the Southwest. Both excellent, Martin absolutely essential.

    4. Philip

      This book lives like a leafed box of live cultured bacteria on the pages which Jimmy has preciously penned his existence. He's a survivor, a poet, a man and a testament that people do at times transcend beyond their abandonment. These words are alive and are viewable for the reader looking to witness the poetic testimony of one writing force named Jimmy Santiago Baca.

    5. Julia

      it was very FINE, i read it & felt i had little to say about it. then i managed to write a 1200-word post for class about it, as one does. it's most interesting on the level of local mythmaking. kind of the sort of personal poem i'm least interested in, but at least not as straightforward as it could be.

    6. Jason

      While I was in school in Oregon we watched a video of this author reading his poetry. It was about the need for men to cry, which doesn't strike me now as anything to write home about. But I did write home, that very day, and told my Ma: "Mama, I'm into Baca."

    7. Phillip

      One of my favorite collections of wholly unique poetry. It really captures the southwest, the poverty, the aimlessness, and the transcendent possibilities of existence - unlikely bedfellows, to be sure, but that's why the book is so awesome

    8. Ashley

      Incredible poetry-even for those who don't like poetry. I believe it was written while the author was in prison.

    9. Meg Tuite

      Blew me away! Baca is not for the weak of heart. If you want happy endings, look elsewhere. He lived through a lot of shit and says it like it is! LOVE!

    10. Melia

      Based in the city I live in but decades prior to now, it was interesting to see another side. This book was dark but written beautifully. A quick read.

    11. Stan Lanier

      There is something kind and gentle herein. Real life is the topic of these poems. "Human. All too human."

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