Canon City poet Juliana Aragón Fatula writes about things many people would be ashamed of -- like alcoholism or abuse. Her second collection of poetry, “Red Canyon Falling on Churches,” crosses cultural boundaries to combine spirituality and myth with honesty about racism and life as a Chicana in America.
She draws from her family history, a migration from a Spanish-speaking town in New Mexico to southern Colorado, where there was promise of work. What they found was a place that punished them for not speaking English. Fatula does not shy away from writing about her own stormy past, filled with anger and depression. She balances that with images of red chiles, dancing spirits and country music.
Read three of Fatula's poems:
Remember crying yourself to sleep
Slabs of stone line the garden
starless blue-black night,
Reprinted from RED CANYON FALLING ON CHURCHES: POEMS by Juliana Aragón Fatula with permission of Conundrum Press, a division of Samizdat Publishing Group, LLC. Copyright (c) Juliana Aragón Fatula, 2015.