Abeyta received his MFA from Colorado State University and currently teaches at Adams State College. Abeyta is the recipient of the 2001 Colorado Book Award and the 2002 American Book Award. Other awards include a fellowship from the Colorado Council on the Arts and a Grand Prize from the Academy of American Poets.Abeyta has work published in An Introduction to Poetry (10th ed.), Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, & Drama (8th ed.), The High Country News, The Dry Creek Review, S.O.M.O.S., Mountain Gazette, Chokecherries, Colorado Central Magazine, and various other journals. He lives in Antonito, Colorado, where he can be close to his roots and family. Other poems online here, here and here.
Poetry Month 2015: Aaron A. Abeyta
MIXED METAPHOR (INSPIRATIONAL HYMN) by Aaron A. Abeyta now this poem has got to be read with a voice down low like a guitar string way outta tune then she’ll sound good read good and the pen will burn through the pulp it’s like driving way too fast you build it up until you’re going a hundred and forty three and your head can’t be pulled from the seat cover your eyes peeled to the horizon your hands dripping poetic juices on the page interspersed with blood and it tastes good real good the girl to your right she screams for more more of those words that leave her tangled until she explodes in our palm and the car goes wrong you struggle with the wheel her mechanized hips they sway and they tail and it just ain’t right so you drive until the road turns black and you begin to think think think harder as the rubber burns in your soul gripping for idle asphalt it goes on and on like a tick and a tick and a tick and a tock until you get it right and it feels good again real good like that original chord and the girl comes back strong as a trooper and she wants to see your poetic license [from Colcha] * * * From the introduction to a fine interview with Aaron Abeyta: