Observing a mysterious white culture while living on the ragged edge of poverty in an unaccepted Mexican subculture of America was acutely troubling to a child simply looking for safety, acceptance and a place to belong. These poems are of the brutal struggles of hard work in dangerous times. These poems are about a papá who never wavered under the difficult challenges of working and raising a family in a foreign country as a migrant laborer and a mamá who dedicated herself to loving and protecting her children at all costs, in a man's world, twice over. In a time when we were innocent and vulnerable and the world was a scary, foreign place, all we had were our parent's gifts. Papá's strong work ethic helped us forge ahead and not give up through difficult times and Mamá's passion and the pictures she painted in our minds filled us with hope... and hope was the road we traveled into our future. Migrant Sun is a poignant tale of love in hard times, racism, forgiveness in the face of brutality, but most of all, how the bonds of family are ultimately more important than any differences we may have had within our family or that existed outside of it.
“Those who have worked in a field in the cruel summer sun won’t need to read much of the poetry in Migrant Sun before finding themselves transported back to the hard labor.
Those who have never been there will inhale their first lungful of choking dust and feel the first trickles of dirty sweat down their backs as they read the words of Ramón Ledesma, who describes his childhood as a migrant worker in imagery so evocative it pulls the reader into the experience.”
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