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One kind of faith
Soto, Gary.
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San Francisco : Chronicle Books, [2003]

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67 pages ; 23 cm
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The award-winning Chicano poet offers a poetic look at his hometown of Fresno, California, and its environs--from Berkeley dogs that practice feng shui to raisins marching out of a factory--as well as a second section that includes twelve film treatments for David Lynch and a long meditative poem.

Author Notes

Gary Soto was born April 12, 1952, and raised in Fresno California. He graduated from Roosevelt High School and attended Fresno City College, graduating in 1974 with an English degree. His poems have appeared in many literary magazines, including The Nation, Plouqhshares, The Iowa Review, Ontario Review and Poetry, which has honored him with the Bess Hokin Prize and the Levinson Award and by featuring him in Poets in Person. He is one of the youngest poets to appear in The Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry.

Soto has received the Discovery-The Nation Prize, the U.S. Award of the International Poetry Forum, The California Library Association's John and Patricia Beatty Award twice, a Recogniton of Merit from the Claremont Graduate School for Baseball in April, the Silver Medal from The Commonwealth Club of California, and the Tomás Rivera Prize, in addition to fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts twice, and the California Arts Council.

For ITVS, he produced the film The Pool Party, which received the 1993 Andrew Carnegie Medal. Soto wrote the libretto for an opera titled Nerd-landia for the The Los Angeles Opera. In 1999 he received the Literature Award from the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, the Author-Illustrator Civil Rights Award from the National Education Association, and the PEN Center West Book Award for Petty Crimes. He serves as Young People's Ambassador for the California Rural Legal Assistance and the United Farm Workers of America.

Soto is the author of ten poetry collections for adults, with New and Selected Poems a 1995 finalist for both the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the National Book Award. His recollections Living Up the Street received a Before Columbus Foundation 1985 American Book Award.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

The prolific and much-honored Soto examines blue-collar work, childhood, unemployment, California cityscapes, and Chicano identity in his very likable 26th book. Soto (Junior College; Who Will Know Us?; etc.) opens his latest collection on a strong note, with short, chatty poems at once personal and political, reflecting on his relative comfort amid class injustice: "Evening on the Lawn" brings the poet "a scent/ Of a place where I would go alone,/ Then find others, all barefoot." "Junior High Reunion," a sure bet for anthologies, conjures up an adult world corrupted by "working years": "each of us citizens had eaten a bird/ And were ready to peck out the eyes of our enemies." Soto (also a memoirist and children's author) finds other subjects in his native Fresno ("poor city bored out of its wits"); explores the alien terrain of the well-to-do; and asks why "Art is the last thing/ Left to eat." A sequence entitled "Film Treatments for David Lynch" plots suburban disfigurements and disasters with a disturbing (sometimes monotonous) glee; the concluding monologue, "Gil Mendez and the Metaphysics of a Blimp," brings readers back to the more familiar, and more attractive, voice for which Soto remains admired. Throughout the volume readers will notice not just the unity of Soto's winning tone, but also his interest in dogs, from the mischievous Fluffy, who chomps on a hand, to the needy Humo (a stand-in for illegal aliens), a series of canine symbols that ground readers in Soto's "dog-eat-dog" world. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Part 1 Berkeley Dogsp. 2
Raisin Factoryp. 3
Minimum Wagep. 4
Self-Inquiry Before a Job Interviewp. 6
No Smoking, Pleasep. 8
The Stray Dog's Lessonp. 9
The Beach Ballp. 10
When I Was Ninep. 12
Evening on the Lawnp. 13
One Day in Mayp. 14
The Code of White Breadp. 16
Junior High Reunionp. 18
Stock Marketp. 19
Pitching Charity to the Fortune 500p. 22
Street Scene on the Fulton Mallp. 23
With Naturep. 24
After Reading Sabinesp. 26
The Hunger for Artp. 27
Dirtp. 28
Wanting to Go Back Homep. 29
Part 2 Film treatments for David Lynch
Lost Lovep. 32
Fluffy's Poolside Crimep. 34
Sometimes it Takes a Long Time to Get Buriedp. 36
Docent at the City Morguep. 37
Mortgagep. 38
An Old Man's Beliefp. 39
Sketch for a Law Enforcement Miniseriesp. 40
Crimes of the Day Clarifiedp. 41
A Stubborn Thursdayp. 42
The Palm Reader's Mistakesp. 44
Physical for the Fifty-Five-and-Over Retirement Communityp. 46
Good Buy in Beverly Hillsp. 47
Part 3 Gil Mendez and the Metaphysics of a Blimpp. 50