by La Tigresa (Dona Nieto)

Paperback / $18.00 / ISBN-13: 978-1-58790-200-0 / 91 pages / 5.5” x 8.5”




"What gives this book of La Tigresa (Dona Nieto) its real power of adventure comes…with the genuine relationship the Tigress has with nature’s gifts: with insects, rocks and the moon. I’ve never read a poet…who could evoke so much from an encounter with a butterfly!  Yes, it is sexual energy that propels her forward in words in search of realizing the juiciness of this life in herself and others.  But human nature, that great teacher of the human animal, guides that propulsion to the affirmation of the wide range of lovers – including even a butterfly – that she provides for everyone with a charm that is unforgettable.”

— Jack Hirschman, SF Poet Laureate Emeritus


“In its passionate embrace of sensuality and society, the poetry of La Tigresa (Dona Nieto) purrs and growls, but rarely meows. This wayward, sometimes reckless writer knows what she’s doing as she plugs touch back into every page -- along with voice, heart, gut, and every other sense. Ardent and strident, spiritual and casual by turns, La Tigresa celebrates the body electric and the body politic with sheer pleasure, devotion, intuition and wit. In her stand-up presence, under her spell, you smile, recognizing the underlying question that drives these poems in which corporate and human agendas collide.

— Al Young, San Francisco Poet Laureate Emeritus


La Tigresa (born Donna Sue Scissors, aka Dona Nieto) made international headlines in the fall of 2000 when she blockaded logging trucks with bare-breasted recitals of her poem, “I am the Goddess,” putting her body on the line in the struggle to save California’s ancient redwoods. She is a frequent headliner at poetry events in San Francisco Bay Area. The documentary film about her, Striptease to Save the Trees, created a stir at Sundance 2002, and can be seen by clicking “Watch” on her website, She lives on a houseboat in Sausalito, California.

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