From Pat's Author's Note in Water Rolls, Water Rises
"Water fascinates me, perhaps because I’ve spent most of my life in the Southwest desert region of the United States. The sound of rain is welcome music on a dry and thirsty landscape. Creeks and rivers refresh desert dwellers, and lakes--so much water--seem a surprise. Lightning and downpours startle. Snow softens mountains, hills, cactuses, rocks. I’ve also had the good fortune to travel to and savor varied landscapes, cultures, and water features in the United States, and in India, China, Holland, Peru, Finland, Canada, Greece, and Mexico. Oceans always astound me."
Communion: I’ve had the good fortune to travel in my life. My first four collections: Chants, Borders, Communion and Agua Santa: Holy Water were written as individual poems. Communion has poems inspired by trips to India, Pakistan, the Dominican Republic, Peru, and, of course, Mexico.
The UN General Assembly designates May 21 as World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. The day provides us with an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity. Add a spoonful of bookjoy to this delicious idea, and that's Día: literacy for all children, all cultures, all languages.
This weekend is Mother's Day, our annual day to honor the strong women in our lives. Over fifteen years ago, Pat edited and contributed to Love to Mamá: A Tribute to Mothers, a beautiful and celebratory collection in which thirteen poets write with joy, humor, and love about the powerful bond between mothers, grandmothers, and children.
In a starred review, Kirkus Reviews said of the book:
"The warmth of family, life, especially that of mothers, aunts, and grandmothers, pervades this delightful collection of poems by Latino writers of various backgrounds...Although the voices are Latino, the poems and experiences they encompass will speak to all...Abrazos (hugs) for Mora and all the contributors for this one."
Illustration by Paula S. Barragán M. from Love to Mamá