Gary Soto | Critical Essay by Julian Olivares

This literature criticism consists of approximately 21 pages of analysis & critique of Gary Soto.
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Critical Essay by Julian Olivares

SOURCE: “The Streets of Gary Soto,” in Latin American Literary Review, Vol. XVIII, No. 35, January-June, 1990, pp. 32-49.

In the following essay, Olivares provides a thematic and stylistic analysis of Soto's poetry.

In the poem “Chuy” from Gary Soto's Where Sparrows Work Hard (35), the speaker describes his protagonist in a cafe:

Chuy noted On a napkin —a street is only so long— And stared outside Where already the day Had a dog drop Limp as a dishtowel And the old staggering On a crutch Of fierce heat. “There is meaning In that bus, those kids,” He thought, And turned the dime In his coat pocket. 

Here Chuy attempts to conceive the street solely as geographic space, a conception which he affirms by writing it down. Yet this...

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