What portrait of convict life is painted by Jimmy Santiago Baca’s prison poems?
Does Baca’s poetry glamorize crime and violence?
Discuss how Baca’s use of Chicano Spanish adds flavor to his poetry.
Denise Levertov has said that Baca’s works have a mythic quality. Explain in what ways they present a mythic view of Chicano life and the American Southwest.
Discuss the theme of parenthood or need for family in Baca’s poetry.
How is Baca’s poetry a commentary on the concept of machismo?
In Martín: &, Meditations on the South Valley, is Martín a fully developed character like those found in fiction?