Catalina Eddies

By Diana García b. 1950 Diana Garcia
Dusk to dawn, sleek skunks enjoy
avocados in my yard. I give wide berth.
Before the first jogger leaves her prints
on pavement, tough raccoons appear.
They pretend they don’t hear my keys click
but they peek to make sure it’s me.
Foxes play hide-and-seek,
sometimes on our lawn, other times
across the street, but never after seven;
and brazen squirrels eye me
from the center of the street,
dare me to approach.

Will this be a day for Catalina eddies,
clouds stacked, catching like magnets
in a liquid air swirl?
Or will it blow a fierce Santa Ana,
days of fires in the hills,
smoldering chaparral,
winds so fierce birds do low-crawls?
I cast a spell for Santa Anas
the shallow coast a censer
mixed with black sage, Torrey Pine,
Engelmann oak—precious oils
to fumigate the San Diego skies,
the annual burning pulse.

Diana García, “Catalina Eddies” from When Living Was a Labor Camp. Copyright © 2000 by Diana Garcia. Reprinted by permission of University of Arizona Press.

Source: When Living Was a Labor Camp (University of Arizona Press, 2000)

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Poet Diana García b. 1950

POET’S REGION U.S., Western

Subjects Nature, Landscapes & Pastorals, Seas, Rivers, & Streams, Animals

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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Poet and teacher Diana García was born in the San Joaquin Valley, in a migrant farm labor camp owned by the California Packing Corporation. She earned a BA in English with a creative writing emphasis and an MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University. She is the author of the poetry collection When Living Was a Labor Camp (2000), which won the 2001 American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation.
 
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SUBJECT Nature, Landscapes & Pastorals, Seas, Rivers, & Streams, Animals

POET’S REGION U.S., Western

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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