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Prose and Poetry

The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans
With a fresh sense of humor and a profound understanding, The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans, a feast of short fiction by Carmen Tafolla, explores the human spirit inherent in the bilingual, bicultural world of the Texas-Mexico border. These sixteen stories skillfully bridge the gap between miracles and tragedies, prejudice and transcendence, and oppression and liberation. From the comical exploration of the hypocrisy expressed at funerals to the spiritual mission of a magical tortilla, the collection draws upon a wide range of emotions but comes together in a singular, powerful voice that reflects the holiness found in everyday life.

These stories are wonderful… Carmen Tafolla is full of pep, full of love and experience. The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans is just plain delightful… Read it and laugh; read it and weep; read it and feel so much better than you did before you opened to page one and got sucked right into the magic by Chencho’s cow. ¡Qué obra más maravillosa!
— John Nichols, author of The Milagro Beanfield War, The Empanada Brotherhood, et al.

To read an excerpt from the story Invisible, click here

To read an excerpt from the story The Holy Tortilla, click here

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Sonnets and Salsa
Sonnets and Salsa is the latest collection of Tafolla’s poetry, combining the now classic Sonnets to Human Beings manuscript with a bit of salsa picante, including “The Storykeeper” and “La Pasionaria.”

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Sonnets to Human Beings
The first edition of Sonnets to Human Beings and Other Selected Works made history as the first critical edition of a work by a Chicana writer. This master collection contains Tafolla’s award-winning manuscript, Sonnets to Human Beings, plus a selection of Tafolla’s best-loved poems and stories, an autobiography and a range of critical and interpretive essays. Here in Tafolla’s poems and stories is the "“Blab of the Pave"” that Whitman celebrated in Leaves of Grass. Also translated into German, Sonnets to Human Beings sold out in Germany as part of the Osnabruck Editions of Minority Authors.

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Tafolla’s first book of poetry, Get Your Tortillas Together, co-authored with Cecilio Garcia-Camarillo and Reyes Cardenas in 1976, is considered a collector’s item.

Curandera (M&A, Lalo Press) and La Isabela de Guadalupe y Otras Chucas (in Five Poets of Aztlán) followed, establishing Tafolla as an early master at code-switching and a bilingual esthetic.

 

 


The Holy Tortilla

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Sonnets to Human Beings

     
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