by Pat Mora
Publication Date: 1986
Bind: Trade Paperback
Mora explores the political, cultural, social and emotional borders that divide people, forming their individual identities.Look Inside
Pat Mora is the winner of the Southwest Book Award for Borders and for her first book of desert incantations, Chants. In Borders, the El Paso native explores borders – political, cultural, social, emotional – that divide people, forming their individual identities while also challenging the very concept of society. As a poet who brings two cultures, two traditions, two languages and nations together, Mora holds a positive, a sane position on an otherwise divisive topic.
“Her poems are chants that hold the reader mesmerized until late in the day when poem are transformed into wishful dreams.”
“We begin one of Mora’s poems as if embarking on an exploration of an unknown country. When we finish, we have learned so much about its topology we feel we can claim the land as ours. These are ardous expeditions, though, for both writer and reader. You don’t plant your flag without earning the right.”
—El Paso Times
PAT MORA is a renowned writer of poetry, stories for children and nonfiction. Among her many works are the poetry collections Chants (1984), Borders (1986) and Communion (1994). Mora is also the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of over 30 books for children and young adults, including The Bakery Lady / La señora de la panadería (2001), My Own True Name (2000), The Gift of the Poinsettia / El regalo de la flor de nochebuena (1995), Tomás and the Library Lady, Pablo’s Tree, A Birthday Basket for Tía, The Desert Is My Mother / El desierto es mi madre (1994), Delicious Hullabaloo / Pachanga deliciosa (1998) and Confetti. In 1999, she was the Garrey Carruthers Chair Visiting Distinguished Professor in Honors at the University of New Mexico. An El Paso native and the mother of three grown children, she divides her time between the Southwest and the Cincinnati area where her husband teaches anthropology.
Learn more at patmora.com.