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The Stories Behind the Book

These videos tell the story about how the book, Sky and Earth Cielo y Tierra, by Christina Watkins came to be, and more.

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How To Write a Sestina

How To Write a Sestina

How to write a Sestina It is fun and easy to write a sestina and the form allows the poet to put something up on the computer screen and play with the words. In a time of writer’s block a sestina can sometimes help the writer have something to work with. Sestina is a...

The Way Things Are Is Large

The Way Things Are Is Large

The way things are is large, too wonderful to understand.Love teaches by story, portrays our needs.But what is it that makes us human? Story tells of a garden, suggests a plan.We learn which are flowers, are warned of weeds.The way things are is large, too wonderful...

The Mexican Jaguar

The Mexican Jaguar

Early in our days in SonoraI went with my husband to a field campby jeep. Then bony backed mules.The eight Mexicans there were shy aswe said Buenos días to each other.Next morning they answered my Buenos días with Buenos días le dé Dios.It became like that.I stayed in...

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“The two languages stand shoulder to shoulder on adjacent pages, and it is intriguing to observe how, while each presents its subject in a slightly different light, with a different texture and flavor, they touch the heart equally. The poems form a journey in which “wisest travelers” are “starlight led.””

“In this small collection of short, lyrical poems in free verse, written in both English and Spanish, Christina Watkins gently opens readers’ eyes to a world that glimmers with radiance of spirit. Without ever using the words “spiritual” or “religious,” she lifts the veil of reality just enough to allow the other worldly concepts to slip in unannounced.”

– KRISTINE MORRIS, FOREWORD REVIEWS