Gary Soto

Gary Soto is an American poet who has authored thirteen poetry collections. His most famous poem, ‘Oranges,’ is read by students around the world. His New and Selected Poems was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Award and the National Book Award. His work has been translated into many different languages. 

Field Poem

‘Field Poem’ by Gary Soto is a short and powerful poem that describes a speaker’s experience at the end of a workday. The poet uses imagery to depict leaving a cotton field and climbing on a bus.


‘Oranges’ by Gary Soto is a charming narrative poem. It tells a story about a young boy on his first date.

Teaching English from an Old Composition Book

Gary Soto’s ‘Teaching English from an Old Composition Book’ is about a teacher instructing some Mexican-American immigrant students in a night school. Soto portrays their harsh living conditions and the struggle to cope in a new culture.