“Jimmy Santiago Baca is a force in American poetry. Now, with Healing Earthquakes, he has accomplished its grand result in a book of brilliant passion. His words heal, inspire, and elicit the earthy response of love.” Garrett Hongo
A Love Story in Poems
978-0-8021-3814-9 • $15.00 • Paperback • July 2001
Combining a stunning lyrical intensity with a profound exploration of the human soul, Healing Earthquakes uses poetry to conjure a romance, from beginning to end. Jimmy Santiago Baca introduces us to a man and woman before they are acquainted, and re-creates their first meeting, falling in love, their decision to make a family, the eventual realization of each other’s irreconcilable faults, the resulting conflicts, the breakup and hostility, and, finally, their transcendence of the bitterness and resentment. Throughout the relationship we are privy to the couple’s astonishing range of emotions: the anguish of loneliness, the heady rush of new love, the irritation and joys of raising children, the difficulties in truly knowing someone, and the doldrums of breakup. It is impossible not to identify with these characters and to recognize one’s own experience in theirs. This is an extraordinary work from one of our finest poets.