Red Canyon Falling on Churches, poetry, reviewed by Rebecca Snow

Loved reading Fatula’s poetry and enjoyed writing this review!

Women Write the Rockies

Red Canyon Falling on Churches, Juliana Aragón Fatula’s second collection of poetry, reviewed by Rebecca Snow

Conundrum Press, paper, 58 pp, $14.99

Laughing at Coyote, the Chicano/Chicana Trickster

In the preface to her second collection, Canyon City poet Juliana Aragón Fatula notes that “Náhuatl, language of the Aztecs, and Spanglish, language of the Chicano, flows like a river through the poems.” Just as English melds with the tongues of her heritage, Fatula’s poems weave together her experience as a contemporary American and the myths of her ancestors, in a voice meant to be heard out loud. As she also notes, “Creation stories reveal myths woven from feminism and rock’n’roll lava.”

She transforms, for example, the creation myth of Coyote, a creature that appears in indigenous stories throughout North America. In “Desert Creatures with Insomnia Waited for the Night,”

The trickster falls asleep,

the crazy creatures

tiptoe into the coyote’s…

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