Who Says Any Writer Can't Try Fiction? NORMAN COUSINS, Cousins, former editor of The Saturday Review of Literature, has written or edited a number of books on literary subjects, including "Writing for Love or Money," "The American Essay," "March's Thesaurus--Dictionary" and the foreword to "The Cambridge Guide to English Literature." His new book is "Head First: The Biology of Hope."
What We Don't Tell the Children JIMMY SANTIAGO BACA, From "Black Mesa Poems" (New Directions: $8.95, paper; 144 pp.; 0-8112-1102-9). Having taught himself to read and write while serving a prison term, Santiago Baca is now a full-time writer and lives with his wife and two children on their ranch in New Mexico. "Black Mesa Poems"--written in English but moving into Spanish, as in the poem above, at crucial moments--deals with the lives (and sometimes the deaths) of Chicanos in the American Southwest. 1989, Jimmy Santiago Baca. Reprinted by permission of New Directions .