Breaking Bread With the Darkness: Book 1: THE ESAI POEMS by Jimmy Santiago BacaBreaking Bread With the Darkness: Book 1: THE ESAI POEMS by Jimmy Santiago Baca

Breaking Bread With the Darkness: Book 1: THE ESAI POEMS

byJimmy Santiago BacaForeword byCarolyn Forché

Paperback | April 6, 2011

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He wakes from his afternoon siesta,/ flapping legs and hands,/ a bluebird perched on the birch/ branch of mother's arm/ ready to raid/ cornfields/ in his father's heart/ THE ESAI POEMS is the first of four books under the series title of BREAKING BREAD WITH THE DARKNESS by American Book Award recipient Jimmy Santiago Baca. The Esai poems are a poignant blend of Baca's wonder of his and his partner's newborn son, and the thoughts and observations of the world he will be inheriting, includlding, including war, racism, indifference and greed. Through Esai the wonder-struck new father explores the idealic world of his family through Esai's new eyes, "He studies his hands as if they are newly discovered planets . . .”but realizing the harsh realities of our times adds perspective with juxtapositions: "I'll wait to tell him how in some places armies cut off the hands of rebels...”Written as a series of thematically connected and dated poems, moving back and forth between ideas, The Esai Poems are some of Baca's strongest poetic work. Already father of two grown sons, Baca explors the implications of beginning another family with another woman. Subsiquent volumes will include explorations of self and family with Essays and Stories, The Lucia Poems (to his young daugher), and to his son, Tones and Gabe Poems and Essays.
Title:Breaking Bread With the Darkness: Book 1: THE ESAI POEMSFormat:PaperbackDimensions:112 pages, 8.12 × 5.38 × 0.31 inPublished:April 6, 2011Publisher:Sherman Asher PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1890932396

ISBN - 13:9781890932398

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12-19-03The day Saddam Hussein was captured/president Bush bestowed billion-dollar/ kickback contracts/to CEO mobsters in the oil racket/to rebuild cities he ordered bombed,/ my woman was cutting my hair in the/ bathtub;/I was standing up naked while you sat on/ the bathroom floor, Easi,/gazing up at my penis, looking down at/ yours,/making all kinds of guttural sounds;/after showering, /we sat in your playroom,/I sat on the footstool and slapped my penis/against my thigh, you laughed,/growled and I slapped my penis again and again/until you fell backward laughing so hard/the whole time grunting at me more to make me/whack my penis/ against my inner thigh./That's the kind of Americans we are,/ penis-whackers,/ not war-mongers./