In Colcha, Aaron Abeyta blends the contrasting
rhythms of the English and Spanish languages, finding music in a
simple yet memorable lyricism without losing the complexity and
mystery of personal experience. His forty-two poems take the reader
on a journey through a contemplative personal history that explores
communal, political and societal issues as well as the individual
experiences of family and friends. With his distinctive voice,
Abeyta invites people of all cultures to enter his poems by
exploring the essence of humanity as expressed by his particular
Hispanic culture and heritage.
Marked by intimacy and deep sentiment, Colcha not only
acquaints us with the land of Abeyta's people, but also reveals the
individuals from his life and family history in the most colorful
and delicate detail. We meet his abuelitos (grandparents) in poems
such as "colcha" and "3515 Wyandot," and hear of their connection
to the tierra and its seasons, their labor and its bounty presented
both viscerally and lovingly. We also meet the nameless people: the
rancheros and the herders and the farmers, the locals in their
pick-up trucks, and the women who make the tortillas. Abeyta's
reflections on the plight, loves, joys, failures, and exploitation
of the common person in such poems as "cuando se secan las
acequias," "untitled (verde)," and "cinco de mayo" belong to the
literary heritage of such poets as Pablo Neruda, Federico Garcia
Lorca, and Walt Whitman.
Colcha is not just for those who love poetry, but for
all people who wish to be moved by the music of language and, while
listening, perhaps to gain some personal insight into their own
lives and cultural traditions.
Subjects: Language & Literature
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