Excerpt from

Green Chile



I prefer red chile over my eggs
and potatoes for breakfast.
Red chile ristras decorate my door, 
dry on my roof, and hang from eaves.
They lend open-air vegetable stands
historical grandeur, and gently swing
with an air of festive welcome.




Jimmy Santiago Baca's homepage

Jimmy Santiago Baca at Academy of American Poets

Jimmy Santiago Baca at Poetry Foundation

From an interview in The Progressive :
Q: What influences you the most regarding your poetry?
Baca: Just the extraordinary sweetness of people, or the rage, or the hatred. I can't stand the comfort zone. So many people I know, their parents give them their homes, and they get married and have children, or whatever. That's it. They don't ever go beyond that. That's not what life is, you know?

"I Am Offering This Poem"