Gary Soto Essay - Gary Soto Poetry: American Poets Analysis

Gary Soto Poetry: American Poets Analysis

Although Gary Soto was born into a Roman Catholic family and attended parochial schools in Fresno, California, religious issues are discussed only in his late work; primarily, he has been attracted to and obsessed by the issues of race and poverty that dominated his early life and the importance of memory for a poet.

The Elements of San Joaquin

The Elements of San Joaquin, Soto’s first book, is divided into three sections that neatly compartmentalize his early experiences: He moves from urban portraits of Fresno to the agricultural landscape of the San Joaquin Valley and closes with memories of his childhood and adolescence.

The opening poem, “San Fernando Road,” describes...

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