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More About This Title Sky and Earth Cielo Y Tierra: Poems~Poemas
Published poet Christina Watkins’s new book released through Xlibris is entitled Sky and Earth Cielo Y Tierra. It is a collection of lyrical poems written in both English and Spanish. The languages face each other—one on one side of the page, the other across from it. The spiritual and reflective nature of the poems suit this unusual format. The poems in Sky and Earth Cielo Y Tierra were written over many years and will provide the reader with a sense of being on a journey with the poet.
The piece “To My Mother” uses garden imagery to convey the depth of experience and love a mother and daughter share. “Western Dancing” is a sassy little poem about what it is like for a woman to dance backward always as is the style in some parts of Southwestern United States. “Love-Speak” warns of what can happen if words are spoken carelessly. “Small Brown-Eyed Boy” tenderly describes a beloved little boy who grows up to face circumstances similar to those Jesus faced at the end of his life.
The poems are romantic in the way they use landscape, particularly the landscape of Southwestern United States and Mexico, although there are Eastern images here too. The poems exhibit both lightness and depth. There is the feeling of loneliness growing into solitude and of the rhythm of dancing moving into wisdom and love. Sky and Earth Cielo Y Tierra inspires and comforts as it prompts the reader to reflect on life lived. Line drawings by Lucy Billingsley fit the meaning and feeling of the writing delightfully.