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Crazy Chicana in Catholic City Paperback – April 21, 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Ghost Road Publishing Group Inc. (April 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981652549
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981652542
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,845,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Daniel Olivas on November 21, 2009
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In her debut collection, "Crazy Chicana in Catholic City" (Ghost Road Press, $13.95 paperback), Juliana Aragón Fatula is unflinchingly honest, even raw, in depicting the experiences of Chicanas and Native American women. In "A Real American Hero," she begins:

I met my grandson
when he was twelve years old.
His mother was fourteen.
He was born in San Francisco.

The narrator's unadorned eloquence follows her grandson's inevitable spiral into a life of pain. Yet, despite it all, he shows a simple and affirming affection for his grandmother:

He threw his arms around my neck
so gently; he looked deep into my eyes
for a long time.

But it is the narrator's pain we track as she gives form to her grandson's plight.

This collection will get under your skin. But it will also remind you that many of us struggle to find sustenance and meaning from our family and history.

[Excerpted from a review that first appeared in the El Paso Times.]
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a soft sneaky book came in the mail last night
sneaky why? because it fit in that small slot
soft how? not soft like marshmallow, soft like slippery soft like water, soft like you don't realize how strong something is until it erodes a mountain
and when i cracked the book beautiful she smiled at me from the cover
and when I closed the book (i read straight through, hungry like starving) she smiled at me from the back cover
and my heart swelled with pride
and i sniffled my tears and when my laughter jumped out (caca flecks HA!) i caught that laughter and stuffed it right back into my heart to keep it full
i love some shakespeare sonnets and sylvia plath has spoken to me and neruda has romanced me but nobody nobody nobody made me
so me
as crazy chicana in catholic city.
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"Juliana Aragón Fatula is one of those rare poets who can grip the smoke of myth and pack it with her two hands into clay. She takes the largest subjects -- the death of a parent, drug and alcohol abuse, even massacre and colonization -- and transforms these into hats, lizards, coffee, pennies, bullets. She offers us the tiniest artifacts of the most beautiful, unthinkable human experiences. Here is a poet of great skill and resilience. Here is a master of the lyric of sorrows." David Keplinger, author of The Prayers of Others

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delightful. full of memories evocative and thought provoking. very talented poet. she brings a unique vision to bear on the everyday struge of being human. worthy of national attention.
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