When Living Was a Labor Camp by Diana Garcia
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"I write what I eat and smell," says Diana García, and her words are a bountiful harvest. Her poems color the page with the vibrancy and sweetness of figs, the freshness of tortillas, and the sensuality of language.

In this, García's first collection of poems, she takes a bittersweet look back at the migrant labor camps of California and offers a tribute to the people who toiled there. Writing from the heart of California's San Joaquin Valley, she catapults the reader into the lives of the campesinos with their daily joys and sorrows.

Bold, political, and familial, García's poems gift the reader with a sense of earth, struggle, and pride—each line filled with the sounds of agrarian music, from mariachi melodies to repatriation revolts. Embodied with such spirit, her poems rise with the convictions of power and equality


About Diana Garcia

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Garcia works as a computer analyst as well as writes.
Published July 1, 2000 by University of Arizona Press. 105 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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""The mail addressed to Occupant/ wants to bury me cheap,/ wants to sell me a family album/ or Funk and Wagnall's Encyclopedia/ on the installment plan./ Not one letter offers what I want/ or need: a set of retread tires/ a gold crown for that top left molar,/ that 49ers jacket my son saw at the ...

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