Poetry Jan 1, Every morning, he ran through snow, rain and mud in a ritual that he called a spiritual experience.
Through language, we can forge friendships, cultural ties, and economic relationships. Not only is it a means of communicating thoughts and ideas, but it is obviously a vital tool. Although, some say that language corrupts the mind and promotes evil ideas; but to Baca, literacy granted him the freedom from prejudice and the ability to overcome difficult boundaries.
Much likeBaca, I eventually found the confidence that I was lacking within myself through means of communication. For Baca, language is not only a way to express thoughts, perception, and sentiments; it also represents a fundamental expression of social identity.
In the essay, it describes how he went from being illiterate to learning how to read and write. Without language, Baca felt an empty void in his mind and soul. He understood that not being able to read and write was a great disadvantage towards him and made him less significant in the eyes of others.
It was not until Baca was seventeen that he started taking an interest in learning how to communicate with others. Writing ultimately changed his life and made him able to communicate effectively with his words, gestures, and tone of voice in a certain situations.
Literacy granted Baca the liberty to showcase his feelings and assisted him in standing up for himself; which is why it holds such an importance in our daily lives.
Moreover, language helps distinguishes the differences between people and also celebrates the uniqueness of cultures in certain areas. We use language to inform the people around us of what we feel, what we desire, and help question and understand the world around us. He was confined within one side of the border and was unable to creatively convey himself using language.
In the essay it shows how Baca fought his inner demons and reflects it in a way that made him proud. All the injustice and oppression that he had been dealing with for so many years was finally able to be brought into the limelight.
Similar to Baca, before I found my inner voice, I too was struggling with expressing myself. Much like Baca, language gives each and every one of us a voice, and with that voice we can express our emotions and they define who we are as an individual.
Here in California, we are blessed with being able to flourish in a multicultural and diverse society. Growing up in a multilingual household, my parents always believed in their children being able to speak their mother language.
Ever since I was little, my parents enrolled me in Chinese school to learn Mandarin; therefore, I could communicate with my grandparents. Learning a foreign language is an incredible rewarding experience and a serious confidence booster.
By being able to learn Mandarin, I was able to eventually overcome my fears and doubts, learn more about my social identity, and communicate with others. Similar to Baca, communication helps us learn about other people and cultures.
In conclusion, language not only a way others use to express thoughts, ideas, and values; it also helps us discover ourselves. It provided an escape for him and helped him win the battle with his inner demons.
Just as how Baca found himself, I was able to overcome my fears and doubts, understand more about my culture, and discover my social identity through learning Mandarin. Language showed Baca the power and depth of how much words can affect a situation and assist in standing up for your rights.
Language helped both Baca and I discover our voice in this world and gave us a way to express ourselves freely.Black Mesa Poems is rooted in the American Southwest, the setting of Jimmy Santiago Baca's highly acclaimed long narrative poem, Martin & Meditations on the South Valley (New Directions, ).
Jimmy Santiago Baca You’re going to get to meet some of my family in a little bit. You’ll meet the son that I just birthed. And then go back to the place and write an ecstatic type of poetry. AF Jimmy, tell me about crying. I don’t want to say it like that, I’m sorry.
Jimmy Santiago Baca's Immigrants in Our Own Land is a powerful first collection of poetry. A Chicano poet, Baca served a ten-year sentence in an Arizona prison, and his poetry . Looking for new poetry for your middle school and high school students?
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When Jimmy Santiago Baca was 20, he was convicted of drug charges and sentenced to prison. He was illiterate when he arrived at the Arizona State Prison. When he got out five years later, he was well on his way to becoming one of America's most celebrated poets.
Baca writes about oppression, love. Jimmy Santiago Baca was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in His parents abandoned him at the age of two, and he lived with his grandmother for several years before being placed in an orphanage.