Soto found his want to write poetry odd because as a child he was not encouraged to read and did not have books.Reluctant at first, he gave up his study of geography and decided to become a poet after reading Edward Field's poem "Unwanted", in which he talks of how he wanting recognition and love.
He was inspired one day, while working on a term paper he came upon an anthology of contemporary poetry.
The poems in this book were unlike any poetry Soto had ever encountered.
Due to the family's poverty Soto was forced to work and earn money as an agricultural laborer in California's San Joaquin Valley and the tire-retread factory in Fresno. Although Soto comes from a tough background and does not mention it in his poetry, he does have an impressive academic background.
He graduated magna cum laude from California State University at Fresno with a degree in English (1974).
These poems were not flowery and beautiful, but rather about subjects such as junked cars and rundown houses.
After reading these poems and others he started to write his own poetry.
Soto was inspired by the work because he felt it related to h...
In “One Last Time,” Gary Soto talks about how he grew up in an immigrant family, and to make money had to work the fields.
This woman accepts her own life and the hard labor that she has done, and understands the boy's "blackness" or hardship.
She also knows the troubles of being Mexican, and knows the felling of being thought of as a "dirty Mexican." She gives him money not out of pity, but out of understanding.