Winner of the 2016 High Plains Book Award for Poetry
In this magical collection of poems, a combination of nature, spirituality, myth, and ritual are combined with a no-holds-barred honesty. The poems discuss the difficulties of escaping the bonds of race and gender to prevail in an unjust world for a female Hispanic writer. Experiences are shared within that are wondrous, spirited, comic and disturbing. This collection won the 2016 High Plains Book Award.
“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.”
—Sandra Cisneros, author, The House on Mango Street
“These poems give us the earth as a witch, casting her spells through tamales and teas, rivers and canyons, and stories from the time before time. The witchery of family ties, the bewitching nature of love and desire, and the bruja bond between bio- and soul-sisters heats these words. This book is medicine for women and those who love them—a tonic against despair, a spiritual stimulant.”
—Maria Melendez Kelson, author, How Long She’ll Last In This World
Juliana Aragón Fatula is a poet, a writer in residence for Colorado Humanities' Writers in the Schools Program, 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 the author of Crazy Chicana in Catholic City. She lives in Canyon City, Colorado.