Each poem, like a hand-stitched quilt piece, finds its niche in a broad tapestry of vivid Southwestern lives spanning more than a century. The reader will hike remote canyons and mountains, encounter horse soldiers, a sequestered Apache grandmother, and a Navaho boarding school survivor, among many other intriguing and magical characters and places.
"In "It's Only Raven Laughing", Bonnie Buckley Maldonado captures and distills the rich essence of life in southwest New Mexico, where historical complexity and cultural contradictions play out against a stunning landscape. Her poems flash with brilliant images, savor life's small ironies, and ask questions for which there are no answers. She gives voice and humanity to those long gone while making her own indelible imprint on the region that has been her home for half a century."-- Susan Morton Berry, Director, Silver City Museum, New Mexico