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Posted: Saturday, April 26th, 2008 @ 8:50 am in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Abstract

Imagine a world where you wake and sleep with the sun, where telephones and televisions haven’t been invented, and people struggle to farm their own food to survive. This world may sound like a nightmare, but it was the reality of the 19th century. In this world people didn’t waste their food, they didn’t have […]


Posted: Saturday, April 26th, 2008 @ 8:45 am in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Gonzalez

When Gonzalez first comes back to the U.S. Southwest and sees how much things have changed he becomes nostalgic. He looks at the new housing developments, the bars on house windows, and the decreasing desert and decides to put together this book to capture the picture of his childhood. He refers to his first twenty-seven […]


Posted: Thursday, April 24th, 2008 @ 8:53 pm in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Moraga

In general Moraga has a negative view of the earth as she knows it. She looks around the U.S. Southwest and sees AIDS, drugs, murder, poverty, and environmental contamination. She sees her people being ignored and dumped on and used. She sees the forest disappearing, kids getting high to escape their lives, a mothers breast […]

My Sense of Place

Posted: Monday, April 21st, 2008 @ 5:10 pm in Uncategorized | Comments Off on My Sense of Place

The playground at Silver Ridge Elementary school had become boring for my fifth grade friends so during recess they took me past the purple slide and swing set, past the soccer field and into an overgrown grassland. The grassland went on for what felt like a mile and when you got to the other side, […]

Luis Rodriguez: Trouble in the Barrio

Posted: Monday, April 21st, 2008 @ 4:28 pm in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Luis Rodriguez: Trouble in the Barrio

Rodriguez represents the non human in his poetry by incorporating cities and humans with nature. One poem that I feel portrays this well is “This Tree, This Poem.” In the poem Rodriguez recognizes the necessity to utilize nature when he sees a tree as fossil fuel, paper, a fence, and rail ties; but he also […]

Poem – Looking Back

Posted: Monday, April 7th, 2008 @ 10:01 am in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Poem – Looking Back

  From outer space Through the smog Our world sits In all its glory The color of a bomb   This is a world With a black sea And a sky turned gray. Where the sun has been reduced To a feeble lamps glow.   This is a world Where Crayola colors Sky blue Sea […]

Split the Rock

Posted: Monday, March 24th, 2008 @ 10:25 pm in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Split the Rock

Going and listening to poetry readings was a really unique experience for me and completely unlike what I had anticipated. In my mind I had envisioned a little coffee house with a man in the background beating a drum as a poet dramatically pauses after every stanza. What I got was some trilling, dancing, screaming, […]


Posted: Monday, March 17th, 2008 @ 6:00 pm in Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

            The main theme in Martin Espada’s poems is struggle. He shows the emotional, physical, and mental struggles he went through all the way from a boy to an adult. Espada started out in a poor school in Brooklyn when foreigners weren’t accepted. His father couldn’t get a job and those in power looked down […]

Pacheco’s Poems

Posted: Tuesday, March 11th, 2008 @ 6:56 pm in Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

         In many of Pacheco’s poems he seems to take a negative outlook on human interaction with the nonhuman world.  Sometimes he glamorizes the non human world but he also shows the danger of the nonhuman world and the dangers of humans interacting with it.  This is similar to Facundo and Sarmiento in that they […]

Muir and Milton

Posted: Tuesday, February 12th, 2008 @ 9:22 am in Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

Kay Milton makes a long and confusing argument about how humans perceive the environment. She focuses more on how people perceive nature rather than nature itself. Milton believes that people first have anticipations from nature, which they then perceive and modify through our thoughts. She argues against the constructionist model of nature that says humans […]