I just read a novel called So Far from God by the poet Ana Castillo! In her dedication she states:
"To all the trees that gave their life to the telling of these stories"
Then she writes about two decades in the life of a Chicano family out in New Mexico. I was amazed by the language she used! So haunting! So Poetic!
I dwelled on the sentences and paragraphs she wrote! And I don't remember the last writer I did that for! She used the term "Grandmother Earth" and I have only heard my people use that term! She also used Spanish words throughout her book and I struggled to understand the words! I went over the context she used them and still could not understand what some words meant!
Ana Castillo is truly a gifted poet! And now I feel like a greedy prospector finding gold on Indian land! I want more and more and more...of her books!