Beneath the Halo
Paperback, 64 pages
- The sacraments in this book favor concrete realities over spiritual illusions, mimosa trees over the trees of Eden, Wonder Bread over the broken body of Christ. Here, a father's belt buckle embodies more consequence than a crucifix hanging on a wall. In poem after poem, what Mendoza does is dig down deep into the bedrock of childhood, divinity, landscape, and marriage in hopes of unearthing what might truly save: language finely attuned to the actualities of this world. Such consolations are hard won.
— Timothy Liu, author of Bending the Mind Around the Dream's Blown Fuse and Polytheogamy
- An exploration of bareness and the profundity of history and human scars, Mendoza's touching collection travels through the barrios of San Antonio, love, God, the land, and heritage with the cutting honesty of generations steeped in mystery, santos, and hidden abuses. A powerful punch from the crooked little finger of the barrio women, this book awakens with "nothing but words she could hold in the palm of her hand." Like la tierra and the haunting generations of familia on it, its power is in what grows from it, full of promise and hope and painfully poignant images.
— Carmen Tafolla, Poet Laureate of San Antonio, Texas; author of Rebozos, Curandera, and Sonnets and Salsa
- These are exquisitely beautiful, well-crafted poems with riveting cadences. They take us from harvest fields to city to the haunting irony of el sagrado corazón, watching over the ever-working as they reverently pace out their lives in the shadow or light of love. A gripping read, Mendoza is at her finest in this collection.
— Naomi Ayala, author of Wild Animals on the Moon and This Side of Early
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