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1. How would you characterize the author's politics?
2. How might you respond to the work's "call to action?"
How I Got That Name
By Marilyn Chin

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Santa Barbara
Posted by: areid (
Date: November 04, 2003 11:42AM

I'd like to find out what the reference to "Santa Barbara" is, though I don't think that not knowing spoils the poem for me in any way. Understanding the references does, however, deepen the associations and let me deeper into Marilyn Chin's imagery.

Re: Santa Barbara
Posted by: Lynn Burke (204.57.47.---)
Date: May 02, 2005 01:16PM

I think she's talking about that soap opera (sort of an early Melrose Place type soap) that was popular in the late 80s. Everyone was rather beautiful (and blonde) from what I recall.

Re: Santa Barbara
Posted by: MelissafMayer (
Date: June 09, 2012 01:08PM

I'd like to know about her relationship with her father and other older male figures in her life.

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