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Jimmy Santiago Baca
Jimmy Santiago Baca
Jimmy Santiago Baca was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1952....
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FURTHER READING
Poems about Jazz
Howl, Parts I & II
by Allen Ginsberg
At the Blue Note
by Pablo Medina
Honky Tonk in Cleveland, Ohio
by Carl Sandburg
Jazz Fan Looks Back
by Jayne Cortez
Ken Burns poem
by Sean Singer
Lost Fugue for Chet
by Lynda Hull
Poem at Thirty
by Michael Ryan
Soledad
by Robert Hayden
The Gardenia
by Cornelius Eady
We Real Cool
by Gwendolyn Brooks
Poems about Listening
His Heart
by Caroline Knox
I Know A Few Things
by Stuart Dischell
Song
by Brigit Pegeen Kelly
To me that man seems like a god in heaven (51)
by Gaius Valerius Catullus
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Listening to jazz now

 
by Jimmy Santiago Baca

1. 

Listening to jazz now, I'm happy
     sun shining outside like it was my lifetime achievement award.
                I'm happy,
with my friend and her dog up in Durango, her emailing
     me this morning
no coon hound ailing yowls
vibrant I love yous.
        I'm happy,
        my smile a big Monarch butterfly
        after having juiced up some carrots, garlic, seaweed,
        I stroll the riverbank, lazy as a deep cello
in a basement bar-- 

                   smoke, cagney'd out patrons
                   caramel and chocolate women in black
                             shoulder strap satin dresses,
                   and red high heels.






From Winter Poems Along the Rio Grande by Jimmy Santiago Baca. Copyright © 2004 by Jimmy Santiago Baca. Reprinted by permission of New Directions. All rights reserved.

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