A Place to Stand by Jimmy Santiago BacaThis memoir was difficult to read because of the brutal reality of the criminal justice system that it depicts. This is not a how-to lesson if youre an aspiring poet. It is a reality lesson on the perverted American justice system, specifically if you are poor, male, black or brown. That Baca became the writer and poet that he is -- is only testimony to him, and his unique brain. Baca describes what prison is like, what solitary confinement is like, and how sensory deprevation transformed him. Again, this wont work for most people. This is a history of the American southwest in the 20th Century. It is unpleasent. It is not heroic. It makes me want to take some dull scissors and snip the map above Colorado and down across Arizona and through southern California and give it back to Mexico. And while Ive got the scissors in hand--cut of the balls of the white men who perpetuate this system.
A Place to Stand
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A testament to how writing and literature can transform lives. Baca's grim memoir of a tragic childhood, some bad although perhaps understandable choices during his troubled youth, and his five-year A mercifully brief memoir of the Pushcart Prize- and American Book Award-winning Hispanic poet's criminal past, and his agonizingly slow discovery of the redemptive power of writing while serving a A Place to Stand. Jimmy Santiago Baca. Long considered one of the best poets in America today, Baca was illiterate at the age of twenty-one when he was sentenced to five years in Florence State Prison for selling drugs in Arizona. This raw, unflinching memoir 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.