By Christina Watkins
Sky and Earth Ciello Y Tierra
Poems – Poemas
“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.”
“Sky and Earth Cielo Y Tierra is a graceful collection that may appeal to readers with an appreciation for the rugged openness of the American West, the Spanish language and the sacred feminine.”
How the Poems Came To Be
Christina Watkins talks about her book of poems, “Sky and Earth Ciello Y Tierra” and what inspired the poems.
Here is a poem I recently wrote in January. I hope you will enjoy it. It's called "One Snowy Day in South Porcupine, Ontario, 1975" In the time when eyelashes turned white in the coldI cross country skied most winter days.The babysitter arrived just after three...
Not far from San Sebastian we visited the B&B that was once the hacienda of actor-director John Huston. On the property there were remnants of an abandoned silver mine and remnants of the swimming pool John Huston had built for Elizabeth Taylor who visited there...
Sky and Earth Cielo Y Tierra is a book of poetry about the balance of natural forces and the relationships of people living in the space between. There is a balance between the two poems facing each other. She marries the right words in both languages. The poet’s natural sense of rhythm, perhaps explaining her aptitude for dance, shines through in her writing as lyrical poetry. The poems have a compelling beat and expressive melody.
– Alison Walker, Pacific Book Review
The poems are written in free verse with excellent rhythm and compelling structure, whether you enjoy them in English, Spanish, or both. Each poem connects the reader with nature and, often lightly, with a sense of something bigger through dance, motherhood, and a subtle Religious tone. Readers who enjoy nature, dancing, and graceful prose will revel in the journey. This collection has broad appeal and a beautiful rhythm that makes each poem even more compelling when read in sequence. Watkins has composed poems that softly demand notice and deliver a lovely journey for those who read them.