A powerful orchestration and revision of a narrative and lyrical admixture… with an utterly compelling dramatic form fueling the entire vivisection and the pilgrim’s progress which makes it so much more than another ‘collection’ of poems.

—Liam Rector, Hudson Review

Available October 1, 1987

Martin And Meditations On The South Valley

Poetry by Jimmy Santiago Baca

Fiercely moving, the two long narrative poems of Martín & 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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Paperback (published October 1, 1987)

ISBN
9780811210324
Price US
13.95
Page Count
104

Ebook (published October 1, 1987)

ISBN
9780811223324
Price US
13.95

Jimmy Santiago Baca

Contemporary Chicano poet and writer of short stories and screen plays

A powerful orchestration and revision of a narrative and lyrical admixture… with an utterly compelling dramatic form fueling the entire vivisection and the pilgrim’s progress which makes it so much more than another ‘collection’ of poems.

—Liam Rector, Hudson Review

Baca writes with unconcealed passion and manifests both an intense lyricism and that transformative vision which perceives the mythical.

—Denise Levertov