New from Jimmy Santiago Baca: ‘no enemies’ Celebrates ‘Ordinary’ Lives, Nature, and Those Who Speak Truth to Wealth and Power

Jimmy Santiago Baca’s new collection of poems, no enemies.


Jimmy Santiago Baca

Arte Público Press

ISBN: 978-1-55885-927-2

Many people shy away from reading poetry, out of fear they won’t understand the imagery and rhythms squeezed into the verses and phrases.

Jimmy Santiago Baca’s poems are both clear and powerful. His new collection, no enemies, takes on most of the key issues that today’s “ordinary” people deal with daily. To name a few: the environment, justice versus injustice, coronavirus, guns, and the people in power who listen to, and react to, virtually no one except their wealthy donors.

But Baca also writes with deep clarity and connection when he reflects on love and the gifts of nature that we too often overlook. And there sometimes is humor or dark humor in his words.

Here is one example of his poetic style:

Set the mind aside like a black hat
that has been blown off my head
in too many storms, gone off bouncing
end over end at the mercy of winds
down too many streets, with me chasing after it
too many times, a bungling clown
in a silent black and white film. 

In another of his new book’s poems, he offers wry advice to others who struggle daily to get their words out and seen:

When writing,
get that beautiful abyss--
music on one end
words on the other
a Grand Canyon in between
then leap into the great void.

The author of more than 30 books, Baca lives in New Mexico and also is a novelist and essayist. Get No enemies here.

Si Dunn

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  • Si Dunn is a novelist, screenwriter, photojournalist, and book reviewer. His published books include: DARK SIGNALS, a Vietnam War memoir; ERWIN'S LAW, a private-detective novel; and JUMP, a novella about a combat veteran suffering from PTSD and alienation while trying to work for newspapers as a journalist. Several of his feature screenplays recently were under option to movie producers. He spent nearly 15 years working as a technical writer and software tester in the telecommunications industry. His current programming interests include Go, JavaScript, Python, R, Angular, and other languages and frameworks. He is a U.S. Navy veteran and a graduate of the University of North Texas.

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