"Jessica Helen Lopez sings in these poems; they are signal flares drawn from those pivotal moments of living that evoke the feminine, the sensual and the surreal in equal measure. These are the songs of the bruja, the bread-heavy hands of a mother, the beautiful indignation of a hopeless optimist."--Zachary Kluckman
Untouched by nostalgia or baby-boomer sentimentality, these poems offer a searing, visceral look at the narrator's attempts to find hints of coherence within a violent world unexplained by his inherited Christianity or his family's patriotism.
"This beautiful collection of poetry is a powerful work of conscience, a telling of 'the truest stories ever told' about how injustice wounds-and how those who survive can learn the secrets of dreaming the world anew. Mary Oishi has given us the perfect book for this moment in history."-Demetria Martinez, author of Mother Tongue and Confessions of a Berlitz-Tape Chicana
E. A. Mares never crossed paths with the great New Mexico sculptor, but the conversations he imagines with the gifted Taos artist attempt to capture the genius, the isolation, and the tragedy of Patrociño Barela while revealing the ability of the human spirit to triumph over adversity.