A poem you might have missed

One of those home town elegies. Sometimes your home town gives you a serious case of the blues. 


The Duck

Immense waves of flight

out from forests, out

from broken-mirror beaver

ponds of frozen mountains,

they fled from ice storms coming.

their shadows fell across the freeways

for days as I too migrated from frost

falling downslope and west,

looking to rest under a forgotten sun.

end of the continent--


it wasn't working. San Diego

after this bad spell I had, after

New Poem

Here's a new poem of mine that was recently featured in the latest issue of the literary journal Fifth Wednesday. Michael Anania was the guest poetry editor for this issue. They don't post work online, but you can subscribe or get more info at their website here.


Irrigation Canal Codex


Y los muchachos cling

to the cantina’s jukebox heart, sing:

we never go nowhere we never see nothing

Teresita Psalms: Saint of Cabora Texts

Lots of readers/fans and a few scholars have written to me over the past year asking for some insight into thde background of my novel, THE HUMMINGBIRD'S DAUGHTER. (And, I suppose, its sequel, coming next year from Little, Brown.) Although I do have piles and stacks and shelves full of rsearch, and I suspect the longest Teresita Urrea bibliography ever compiled, I don't think that's what people are after. People want stories. Some want revelations of spiritual secrets, some want adventure, some want writing tips and some just want to hear juicy yarns.

Book club members have been some of my most enthusiastic and careful readers. I’m thrilled to share my work with you, answer your questions and tell you some of the stories behind the stories. This is our spot, just for us. Here, we can chat:  If I’m nearby, I’ll come and visit your club. Otherwise, we can Skype, talk over the phone or email. Sometimes, I’ll send surprises or hold contests.

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