“[Jimmy Santiago Baca] travels outward and inward as a Chicano in America, with all the complications that the identity entails. . . . [He is] a poet in control of his craft . . . whose voice, brutal yet tender, is unique in America . . . one worth paying attention to.” The Nation
C-Train and Thirteen Mexicans
978-0-8021-3947-4 • $13.00 • Paperback • Oct. 2002
In C-Train and Thirteen Mexicans renowned poet Jimmy Santiago Baca trains his hallmark lyrical intensity on the dark underbelly of addiction, and takes us on an unforgettable guided tour of the darkest corners of a brutal, unjust world.
C-Train is a heartstopping series of episodes from the life of Dream-boy, a young man who finds himself seduced, and later enslaved, by the siren song of cocaine. Part paean to the delicious power of intoxication, part lament for those helplessly under its power, C-Train is a ride its hero, and the reader, struggles to get off. In Thirteen Mexicans, Baca writes of the Chicano community and the gulf between the American dream and American reality. In searing, elegiac vignettes he portrays the raw beauty of life in the barrio, and the surreal, stomach-turning moment when people of color must confront how they are reflected in the distorted mirror of white society. Baca’s latest achievement will confirm his place as one of the nation’s leading poets, a poet whose words “heal, inspire, and elicit the earthly response of love” (Garrett Hongo).