"If you believe that the most important thing any piece of writing can do is to drop the reader into the center of an author's thoughts, then Gary Soto's What Poets Are Like is the book for you. It is funny, heartfelt, instructive and erudite while remaining, in a storyteller's way, wryly entertaining. Check it out, you won't be disappointed."Oscar Hijuelos, author of "The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love" "The writer at work and in life takes a serpentine path. Gary Soto's story is sweet, bittersweet, and at times quite funny."Shawn Wong, author of "American Knees" "[Soto's] charming, though-provoking vignettes about everything from receiving his MFA by mail to domestic downsizing are best read one or a few at a time. This enables the readers to better savor his sometimes rueful wit and appreciation of time passing, as in his attempt to perfectly align adjacent window blinds... As one reads and mulls over these brief glimpses into Soto's literary mind, his words expand their meaning, application, and worth like flowers from seeds. Soto describes 'lakes of memory filling my eyes, ' and recalls 'the geese darkening the sky of an autumn afternoon...winging south, their eyes filled with the memory of lakes.' So, too, do the essays gathered here fill and nourish us.""Booklist" "Gary Soto's collection of short, autobiographical essays are highly particular and personal, specific to Soto himself. And Soto's wry, occasionally self-deprecating sense of humor means that, far from extolling the virtues of leading a writer's life, many of the pieces contained in this collection point out its travails, its small indignities for anyone less of a "big shot" than Stephen King or John Grisham. This would be depressing to read if it weren't for Soto's comic timing and charming prose, which is carefully crafted to allow as much of his personal idiom and character as possible onto the page. ...the biggest link among the essays is Soto's voice itself, w
About the Author
Gary Soto is a widely published author of children's and young adult fiction, and he is an acclaimed poet. With a sharp sense of storytelling and a sly wit, What Poets Are Like is a memoir of the writing life that shares the keen observation, sense of self and humor of such writers as Sherman Alexie and Nora Ephron.