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Casa de la Pacena
by Leslie Eugenia Hoffman

Wednesday, March 03, 2010
Rated "G" by the Author.
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(Photo of Bahia de La Paz
by Arlaine Cervantes)

house of the woman

Church bells chime seventh hour
First light shines on Benito Juarez
Columbian coffee on balcony
Yachts sail on Bahia de La Paz

Taxis park along The Malecon
Vendors gather in town square
Young man collects useable trash
Federales drive by in unmarked car

Ruperto arrives with machete to stalk ratones
Scent of freshly squeezed orange juice
Fish frying in tempura batter
Miguel arrives to breakfast with Arlaine

gecko pauses on ceiling






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Reviewed by Regis Auffray 3/12/2010
Once again, you seemingly effortlessly ease the reader into the aura of the scene that you describe; so well done, Leslie. Thank you. Love and best wishes,

Reviewed by Gianetta Ellis 3/7/2010
I can't help but draw a comparison here to Gene Williamson's style - you both project such strength, awareness and confidence in your writing. Your lines are direct with no superfluous fancy to distract from the holistic image you intend to convey and beautifully succeed in conveying. Each of you is distinctly unique, yet the experience and skill and talent each of you possesses rises up and connects you somewhere in the upper echelons of the den.
Reviewed by Sage Sweetwater 3/4/2010
Culture poetry always takes your readers on a view-master trip, dear Leslie! I saw stuff just like this in the 60s view masters. I always know when I read you, I will be viewing one of those circular picture view master reels in my mind! You touch on all of the senses here in Casa de la Pacena - I'm waiting for the poem that you grace us with a string of ristras...sandals and margaritaville, Leslie...

Reviewed by John Flanagan 3/4/2010
There's great stillness here without the Renoir being a still life, and such confidence and authority in the writing. I love it!

Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 3/4/2010
I'm there. I see what you see. I smell the coffee. The orange juice. I'm there.
Reviewed by richard cederberg 3/4/2010
Ha! "gecko pauses on ceiling"
to see if someone is going to throw him a tidbit of breakfast. (-:
That little beggar ...
Wonderful image - love the four layers of it.
A colorful series of vignettes here of what (I'm assuming)
you viewed from your balcony. You have captured palpable
spirit in this one dear Leslie - love the taste of it!
Is this place in La Paz?
Blessings ...
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