The author of ""Tiempos Lejanos: Poetic Images from the Past"" returns to his roots in a new and exciting book of poetry about his childhood in Guadalupe, New Mexcio, originally called Ojo del Padre, presumably in honor of a priest who discovered a still-bubbling spring in the area. The village of Guadalupe is no more, but Garcia's vibrant word pictures transport us to a time and place of true community and existence. Written first in Spanish, then translated to English, these poems paint his young life and the lives of his family members and neighbors in west central New Mexico in the mid-twentieth century. Garcia's perceptions of a wider world and all it includes, but still anchored in the routines of home and play and work, were imparted by his mother who never attended a day of school in her life.
Nasario Garcia has published numerous books dealing with Hispanic folklore and the oral history of northern New Mexico, including most recently The Naked Rainbow and Other Stories: El arco iris desnudo y Otros Cuentos (UNMP) and Rattling Chains and Other Stories for Children: Ruido dc cadenas y otros cuentos para ninos. He currently lives in Santa Fe.