“Through the lens of her singular and compelling life, Carole Simmons Oles guides us through our fractured, confused, violent century. At seventy, facing an increasingly fragile body, Oles crafts language that creates bonds—across cultures and tongues, across decades and oceans and continents. These powerhouse poems reach out generation to generation with generosity and compassion. These poems invite us in, offer food and drink and shelter.”—Peggy Shumaker, author of GnawedBones
This debut poetry collection tackles issues as various as marriage, parenting, death, art, illness, the home, and the workplace, viewing the everyday through a magical and surreal lens. The poems coalesce naturally around cycles of the seasons and emotions.
“ TimeServed is a rich and rigid work cementing Carlos Contreras as a major voice of the American Southwest. In these tragic yet lovingly rendered confessions Contreras examines the physical and emotional prisons forced upon us.”—Idris Goodwin, author of TheseAretheBreaks
“Carol Merrill’s tribute to Georgia O’Keeffe is poems in the shape of finely rendered sketches, some of them even paintings. These intimate images convey the delicate and tough shape of O’Keeffe’s final years in New Mexico.”—Joy Harjo, author of She Had Some Horses
“The clipped jumpy rhythm of these poems with their sudden bursts of syntax prove repeatedly that Kate Gale possesses a poetic tone and pace all her own. She is also refreshingly out of step with today’s poetry of self-absorption, for she is fascinated less by her ego than by the strange variety of the world around us.”—Billy Collins, former U.S. Poet Laureate
Sagrado is neither a search for identity nor a quest for a homeland but an affirmation of an ever-evolving cultural landscape. Embedded at the heart of this remarkable book, in which prose, photographs, and poems complement each other, is a photopoetic journey across the Chicano Southwest.