Would I prefer to live like a slave, owned by a master, told what to think?
I struck out by reading and writing and carried books with me as
my shield against ignorance.”
~Jimmy Santiago Baca
Best Baca interview. EVER!
"Jimmy Santiago Baca, an ex-convict and drug addict who taught himself to read while in prison, is a highly acclaimed poet who won the prestigious American Book Award in 1988. Admired for his use of rich imagery and lyrical language, Baca, unlike a growing number of 'prison writers' who inject their works with rage and desolation, writes poems dealing with spiritual rebirth and triumph over tragedy. 'You really don't have time to be angry,' Baca explained to Beth Ann Krier in the Los Angeles Times. 'If you compare a life to daytime photography, my life has been more like nighttime photography. My life as a background has had darkness; the only way to survive the darkness is to have my soul flash. I'm too busy trying to capture the aspects of myself in the dark."'
Source Citation (MLA 7th Edition)
"Jimmy Santiago Baca." Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale, 2011. Literature Resource Center. Web. 20 May 2013.
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