Dear Mr Baca,
I am writing to ask a few questions about your poetry and childhood. Mr O’Brien (my English teacher) has told us some things about your life. My name is Joshua Alvarez Trivino, my family is from Ecuador, I go to a school called London Nautical School in Waterloo,London. Mr O’Brien told us about you but I thought you were like the other poets but once I heard all about your childhood, I knew you were different.
We learnt that you started life in an orphan. I don’t want to sound rude, but I’m interested in how you went on as an orphan. What was it like being an orphan? And after you was let free, how did you survive on the streets?
As you were an orphan, you mus have had no family but you must have been thinking about your family. In prison, did you think about your family? how does it affect you now because you’ve had no experience of having a family?
As you were arrested and sent to prison, you wanted to have some education, so why did you persuade the officers to give an education for literature? but the most important one: how did you manage to stay happy?
Once you were let free from prison, you most probably had no money, so how did you act once you was free? Did you go back to the streets?
Right now you’re a poet and you most likely have a wife and kids. But have you learnt anything from the past? And my final question, have your life been calmer ever since?
the poem I really like was ‘Immigrants in our land’ I really like this poem because it is talking about what’s inside a prison and what happens. But a sad thing about it is that all their stuff are taken away. The guards say that blacks are with blacks, poor whites with poor whites, natives with natives. The guards broke down their doors, beated them and shot them.
Joshua Alvarez Trivino