ABOUT Marian Aitches


A native of San Antonio, Marian Aitches received her Ph.D. from the University of North Texas in 1990. She is an award-winning professor whose courses at the University of Texas at San Antonio focus on American Indian studies as well as race, ethnicity, gender, class and nationalism. Fishing for Light, her first collection of poetry, won the 2009 Wings Press Joanie Whitebird Chapbook competition. Her poems have appeared in various journals, including Borderlands, The Texas Observer and The Café Review, as well as anthologies, including Beloved on the Earth (Holy Cow Press, 2009).

Pecan Grove Press

Ours is a Flower
by Marian Aitches

ISBN: 978-1-931247-78-8 $15

“Marian Aitches is a poet of deeply singular grace and detail. Through finely crafted scenes and stories, she weaves the humble facts of home with unresolved mysteries and troubles that challenge our comfort. Her sensibility never gets stuck in an obvious groove, but continues to extend, question, and include. 'Ours Is A Flower' gives us all more conviction to live with meaning and compassion.”

—Naomi Shihab Nye

Spring in Texas: the War Years

I keep cooking sugar water for ruby-throated
hummingbirds, who will not share
the air outside my kitchen window
on their slow way north.

I keep looking for finches in my yard,
breasts of sun whose birdsong murmurs
in the low whir of branches
brought by rain from the west.

I keep waiting for a warmer wind
to float monarchs from the south,
nectar-workers whose wings insist
against fences on their journey.

I keep planting firebush, purple sage,
gold lantana—a frenzy
of blessings for women mourning
war-lost children we can’t forget.

And those other mothers weeping
in a world east of here—
what ceremony can I offer them
in this season of unspeakable war?



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