Crazy Chicana in Catholic City


by Juliana Aragon Fatula


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“Juliana Aragón Fatula writes histories so terrifying they feel as if they were written with a knife. She writes with craft and courage about what most folks are too ashamed to even think about, let alone talk about. Her fearlessness is inspirational. This is the kind of poetry I want to read; this the kind I want to write. She makes me feel like writing poetry!” –Sandra Cisneros

From Crazy Chicana in Catholic City:

Mom once took a bullet for a cookie.
Grandma had an apron full of cherries.
Auntie hung the wash.
Lee fed the chickens.
Zeke cleaned his rifle.
Mom searched the cupboards.
She was only three feet tall.
She stood on the sink, tried to reach high in the sky for oatmeal cookies.
Crack – like a lightening bolt had hit a cottonwood tree.
Her blood was everywhere: on the cupboards, floor, cookies, hands.
Grandma ran down the hill but she fell.
She rolled, she rolled, she rolled; just like a tortilla.
She ran in the house saw Zeke had wrapped mom’s legs in torn sheets while mom ate cookies.
The bullet went in the left leg, out the back, and through the right leg, four holes, total.
That’s why you should never clean a rifle in the house: bloody cookies.

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Conundrum Press









5.5 x 8.5

Publication Date

May 2012

The Author

Juliana Aragón Fatula

Juliana Aragón Fatula

Juliana Aragón Fatula is a poet, a writer in residence for Colorado Humanities’ Writers in the Schools Program, winner of the High Plains Book Award for poetry, and a lifetime member of the Sandra Cisneros’ Macondo Foundation: creative writers whose work is socially engaged and who view their writing as way of changing lives by fostering literacy. She is also the author of Crazy Chicana in Catholic City. She lives in Canyon City, Colorado.

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