Poems to Awaken the Heart

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To My Mother,’ uses garden imagery to convey the depth of experience and love mother and daughter share.

Published poet Christina Watkins’ new book released through Xlibris, SKY AND EARTH CIELO Y TIERRA, 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 suits this unusual format.

The poems in, SKY AND EARTH CIELO Y TIERRA, were written over many years and 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 mother and daughter share. “Western Dancing” is a sassy little poem about what it is like for a woman to dance always backwards as is the style in some parts of the southwestern United States. “Love-Speak” warns of what can happen if words are spoken carelessly. “Small Brown-Eyed Boy” tenderly describes a beloved small 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 the 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.

SKY AND EARTH CIELO Y TIERRA will be featured at this year’s New York Library Association Book Exhibit in Saratoga Springs, NY on November 2-5, 2010. For more information, log on to Xlibris.com.

About the Author
Christina Watkins, with her geologist husband, David, has had the opportunity to live in many places and to travel widely. She has taught English and worked as a spiritual director in Canada and the United States. Her poems have been published in journals in both those countries.

SKY AND EARTH CIELO Y TIERRA * by Christina Watkins
Publication Date: September 8, 2010
Trade Paperback; $15.99; 59 pages; 978-1-4535-0915-9
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4535-0916-6

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