Her Writing

Pinos Altos Fog

I live in a cloud today
where no one can enter
nor leave.

Our Lady of Guadalupe,
outside my door,
wears crystal drops.
Her prayers are war shields
for immigrant journeys
from Nicaragua
to the Forty-ninth Parallel.

Those quiet men
and clear-eyed women
have names and families.
They often die in the desert
with arms outstretched
like human cruciforms.
There is no swallow of water
for a last rite.

 

 

Bonnie Buckley Maldonado is a lifelong writer and long-time teacher of writing. She has resided in Southwestern New Mexico since 1959. She is a professor and dean emeritus in education and counseling, Western New Mexico University.

A Western woman, she possesses an abiding fascination for the rural west, its people and its landscapes. Her articles on counseling have appeared in professional journals along with a chapter in Understanding and Counseling Minority Students, ed. by George Henderson, Charles Thomas Co., 1979.

Her poetry was published in various university literary magazines.

Bonnie's third book, It's Only Raven Laughing, Wheatmark Press, 2010 was awarded the WILLA Literary Award for Poetry Finalist by Women Writing the West.

Bonnie's second book of poetry, Montana, Too, was named a finalist for the Zonta Award for Best Woman Writer at the High Plains Book Festival in Billings, Montana, 2008. This is her third volume of poetry. Her work appears in the award winning anthology, Montana Women Writers: Geography of the Heart, edited by Caroline Patterson.

Bonnie's work appears in the award winning anthology, Montana Women Writers: Geography of the Heart, edited by Caroline Patterson.

Her books of poetry contain many archival photos and drawings
by Dorothy McCray and Elvira Godfrey.