Local authors offer local lore.
THE SOUND A RAVEN MAKES
By Sawnie Morris, Michelle Holland and Catherine Ferguson
Tres Chicas Books ($14)
Love is the stereotypical theme of poetry, and The Sound a Raven Makes does include its share of heartbreak, but the book, by Taos and Chimayó poets, has its phrases turning down unique paths. For example, the art of writing poetry is explored alongside Einstein and his theories of relativity. Morris' style stands out among the three as her words bounce around the paper, giving visual movement to her tales, while those of Holland and Ferguson are more set on the page, following familiar poetic patterns. The images all three poets bring to mind are lucid trips into the world of emotion.
DH LAWRENCE IN NEW MEXICO
By Arthur J Bachrach
UNM Press ($15.95)
Supplementing the story of DH Lawrence's time in New Mexico, from 1923 to 1925, with excerpts from Lawrence's own works and letters, Bachrach gives a colorful account of old New Mexico. Rather than unraveling the story in a drawn-out narrative, as much biography does, Bachrach offers snippets of time and place, most no longer than two pages, allowing readers to jump comfortably into the English writer's life and Taos home.
TALES FROM A TOURIST TOWN
By CB McCarty
Rancho Deluxe Books and Music ($39.95)
Tales from a Tourist Town opens with a New Mexican pulp attitude and continues through its mysterious murder tale full of Fiestas and flamenco. Santa Fe's Canyon Road, the Plaza and northern New Mexico's surrounding ruins make for the perfect backdrop, and adding to the atmosphere is an accompanying CD. Forty-two Santa Fe musicians were taped by songwriter McCarty to make the soundtrack that complements his fictitious tale. Between a carefully crafted murder mystery, reminiscent of Tony Hillerman, and the smooth beats of artists like Jono Manson, Susan Holmes and Ruben Romero, Tales is a story to read, and hear, again and again.