Review of Immigrants in Our Own Land

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Author: Marion Taylor
Publisher: Gale, a Cengage Company
Document Type: Book review; Critical essay
Length: 412 words

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[In the following favorable review of Immigrants in Our Own Land, Taylor comments on the lyricism of Baca's poetry, calling it “astonishingly beautiful.”]

Immigrants in Our Own Land is a very disturbing book of poems because it's so astonishingly beautiful, one does not expect such to come from the pen of a man serving a long prison sentence, as is the case with this poet. These poems go against the current trend of so-called “prison poetry.” While these poems do not neglect the bleak realities of prison life what is absent entirely is the strident voice and the ascerbic vision. What these poems...

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Gale Document Number: GALE|H1420000448