A Fire in My Hands: A Book of Poems

A Fire in My Hands: A Book of Poems

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by Gary Soto
     
 

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Few writers capture the everyday moments of life like Gary Soto. In direct and vivid poems, he draws from his own youth in California's Central Valley to portray the joys and sorrows of young people. His writing focuses on Latino characters, yet speaks to readers of all ethnicities.

Acclaimed by educators and unavailable since 1998, A Fire in My Hands has

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Few writers capture the everyday moments of life like Gary Soto. In direct and vivid poems, he draws from his own youth in California's Central Valley to portray the joys and sorrows of young people. His writing focuses on Latino characters, yet speaks to readers of all ethnicities.

Acclaimed by educators and unavailable since 1998, A Fire in My Hands has been revised and expanded in this new edition. Old and new fans of Soto's work will welcome the return of his compelling poems.

Includes an introduction and an interview with the author.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
Poetry provides comfort and a sense of identification for children of all cultures. Gary Soto, a Mexican-American, writes what he calls "working life" poems, which deal with commonplace things - an evening's walk with a girl, a special friendship, selling oranges. He advises young poets to "Look to your own lives," as he has done in A Fire in My Hands. Each of the 23 poems is preceded by an anecdote to set the tone and help us see how his poet's mind works. "Poems feed into poems," he writes, "like a needle passing a stitch through cloth." Indeed they do.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 6-10-These simple, free-verse selections skillfully capture that which is commonplace and transforms it into something mesmerizing and lovely. A first date, the embarrassment of belching root beer out of one's nose, the joy and the intricacies of the proper way to eat Mexican food, and a lost dog are just a few of the topics that Soto addresses. The 31 poems are delightful in themselves, but the poet also adds the brief reminiscence of the event or feeling that prompted him to write each one. Some are autobiographical, but more of them are only vaguely inspired by an actual event. Like Lori Carlson's Cool Salsa (Holt, 1994), these selections depict Latino characters but will resonate with readers of all ethnicities. This revised and expanded edition will delight creative-writing teachers who are looking for a book that demonstrates the genesis of a poem as well as the compelling universality of the human experience.-Heather M. Lisowski, Philip S. Miller Library, Castle Rock, CO Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780785701750
Publisher:
San Val, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/01/1999
Product dimensions:
52.50(w) x 77.50(h) x 5.00(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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