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Agua Santa: Holy Water
by Pat Mora (Goodreads Author)
Poems deal with Mexican American culture, mythology, and history, and evoke the author's impressions of the Texas landscape.
Paperback, 160 pages
Published July 20th 1997 by Beacon Press
(first published 1995)
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This was my Christmas present to myself just before we changed centuries and got ready to enter another millenium - I thought it was appropriate to give myself a book that had spiritual and political ramifications. This was a truly awesome book - my favorite of Mora's collections, full of images and ideas that resonated deeply with me, in spite of my not being Mexican-American. Having lived on the Texas-Mexico border for most of my life, I can identify with so much of what she writes about here. ...more
There are some lovely poems here, but also many attentive to the history, pain and potential that are part of the Southwest. I particularly like those that center on the experiences of women, mythical or ordinary. The section "Cuartero Mexicano," with a series of advice-filled poems from the iconic Mexican figures Coatlicue, Malinche, the Virgin of Guadalupe, and La Llorona, grants them powerfully poignant voices. So, too, does "La Migra" turn the dominating force of the Border Patrol on its hea ...more
Really different look at "famous" Latina deities and myths. A collection of poems in the form of interviews, mainly, from the point of view of these iconic figures. Mora reverses the negative connotations behind these religious and pagan figures by celebrating them and humanizing them.
Pat Mora (born 1942) is a female Mexican-American author and poet. Pat Mora was born in El Paso, Texas. She is married and has 3 grown children.More about Pat Mora...