A Place to Stand

A Place to Stand

The Making of A Poet

Book - 2001
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Jimmy Santiago Baca's harrowing, brilliant memoir of his life before, during, and immediately after the years he spent in a maximum-security prison garnered tremendous critical acclaim and went on to win the prestigious 2001 International Prize. Long considered one of the best poets in America today, Baca was illiterate at the age of twenty-one and facing five to ten years behind bars for selling drugs. A Place to Stand is the remarkable tale of how he emerged after his years in the penitentiary -- much of it spent in isolation -- with the ability to read and a passion for writing poetry. A vivid portrait of life inside a maximum-security prison and an affirmation of one man's spirit in overcoming the most brutal adversity, A Place to Stand "stands as proof there is always hope in even the most desperate lives" -- (Fort Worth Morning Star-Telegram). "A Place to Stand is a hell of a book, quite literally. You won't soon forget it." -- Luis Urrea, The San Diego Union-Tribune "This book will have a permanent place in American letters." -- Jim Harrison
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, c2001
Edition: 1st pbk. ed. --
ISBN: 9780802139085
Branch Call Number: 811.54 Baca
Characteristics: 264 p


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Aug 02, 2015

A fantastic memoir from an internationally recognized poet. It's a hard read, with explicit descriptions of Baca's drug-filled and violent youth, plus an unflinching account of his six years in America's prison system in the 1970s. The book explores themes of racism, poverty, culture, abandonment, violence, drugs, systematic dehumantization (through poverty, jail or racism), redemption and spirituality.

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