A Fire in My Hands

by Gary Soto

In his introduction to this collection of 23 poems, Gary Soto tells his readers that... read more

In his introduction to this collection of 23 poems, Gary Soto tells his readers that he thinks of his poems as a "working life, by which I mean that my poems are about commonplace, everyday things..." Arranged in a chronological order beginning with childhood and moving up through adolescence and young adulthood, the poems celebrate small, significant moments in the life of a working-class Chicano male. Each poem is introduced with a brief anecdote that places it in the context of Soto's life. In a four-page section at the book's end, he answers some of the questions young people have about poetry. (Age 11 and older)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 1991

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