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

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Red Crane Books, 1992 - Biography & Autobiography - 168 pages
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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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User Review  - Carlos Heredia - Goodreads

A memoir from a barrio writer who has oversome tremendous obstacles, broken down many doors and challenged attitudes and social forces that stood in his way. Many interesting observations about the ... Read full review

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Didn't read much before this book. It was a gift from my school counselor. I've been reading ever since. Thanks Mr. Saucedo! Read full review

Contents

Working in the Dark
25
La Vida Loca
51
Destiny and Destinations
77
Copyright

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About the author (1992)

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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