Gary Soto

po_Soto-GaryGary Soto (born April 12, 1952) is a Mexican-American author and poet.

His honors include the Andrew Carnegie Medal, the United States Award of the International Poetry Forum, The Nation/”Discovery” Prize, and the Bess Hokin Prize and the Levinson Award from Poetry magazine. He has also received fellowships from the California Arts Council, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

LOOKING AROUND, BELIEVING
Gary Soto

How strange that we can begin at any time.
With two feet we get down the street.
With a hand we undo the rose.
With an eye we lift up the peach tree
And hold it up to the wind—white blossoms
At our feet. Like today. I started
In the yard with my daughter,
With my wife poking at a potted geranium,
And now I am walking down the street,
Amazed that the sun is only so high,
Just over the roof, and a child
Is singing through a rolled newspaper
And a terrier is leaping like a flea
And at the bakery I pass, a palm,
Like a suctioning starfish, is pressed
To the window. We’re keeping busy—
This way, that way, we’re making shadows
Where sunlight was, making words
Where there was only noise in the trees.