Santa Ana Poet Finds His Way Back Home With 'Flower Grand First'
Through family histories, immigrant musings, and grieving, Gustavo Hernandez’s poetry draws a map of Santa Ana. His debut collection, Flower Grand First, gives direction to what it means to be from the Golden City. First Street is the thoroughfare that intersects with both Flower Street and Grand Avenue. More importantly, it’s also off of where his parents made a home and raised a family after immigrating from San Isidrio, a rancho in Jalisco, Mexico.
“That is my Santa Ana,” says Hernandez, a burly-armed, mustachioed bard. “It just felt fitting to have those intersections of the city as the title of my book.”
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