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Book Title: Fire in My Hands: A Book of Poems|
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The author of the book: Gary Soto
Date of issue: December 1st 1992
ISBN 13: 9780590445795
Format files: PDF
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A Fire in My Hands is a collection of poetry by Gary Soto that follows him throughout his life. His experiences that he chronicles in this collection of poems are not only enjoyable, but also relatable. Whether is be the awkwardness of adolescence or the feelings of first love, there is something that everyone can relate to. Soto is Mexican American, and his poems brought back memories of the culture for me.
In the classroom, this could be used to introduce a new culture to students, and to just increase cultural awareness in general. I would probably choose several poems for the students to read versus having them read the entire collection. Students could read and respond to a poem for bellwork, or write how they relate to it. The book could also be used to show a different style of poetry than the typical rhyming poems that students have encountered.
My one critique of of Fire in My Hands are the little annotations that are written above and before each poem. Although the tell the setting or the inspiration for the poem, it would be far more beneficial to the reader to have them after the poem instead. I just found them to be a bit distracting to the actual works at times.
Overall, I enjoyed Soto's book, and I will definitely make it an addition to my classroom library.
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Read information about the authorGary Soto, born April 12, 1952, was raised in Fresno, California. He is the author of eleven poetry collections for adults, most notably New and Selected Poems, a 1995 finalist for both the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the National Book Award. His poems have appeared in many literary magazines, including Ploughshares, Michigan Quarterly, Poetry International, and Poetry, which
has honored him with the Bess Hokin Prize and the Levinson Award and by featuring him in the interview series Poets in Person. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. For ITVS, he produced the film “The Pool Party,” which received the 1993 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Film Excellence. In 1997, because of his advocacy for reading, he was featured as
NBC’s Person-of-the-Week. 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.
Gary admires people who have done great service for others. High on his list are Jose Padilla of California Rural Legal Assistance, Arturo Rodriguez of the United Farm Workers, Dr. Marc Lasher of the Fresno Free Clinic, and Nancy Mellor of the Coalinga Huron Avenal House. As for his own service commitment, Gary has taught English to Spanish speakers as a volunteer. In his free time he likes to play tennis, tend his garden, attend musical concerts, and travel. Recently he has discovered that he enjoys baking cookies. He divides his time between Berkeley, California and his hometown of Fresno.
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