When you read about the southern Colorado coal field strike of 1913 and 1914 you can develop a good understanding of the facts. When you talk to the families of people who died at Ludlow you feel the anguish, sorrow, and anger that they feel. What has been missing in the story is a written portrayal of the emotions of Ludlow. Or, at least that is what I thought until I read a book of poetry about the miners, their families, the strike, and the massacre. Yes, I said poetry, documentary poetry.
Dr. Eleanor Swanson is a professor in the Master of Fine Arts program of Regis University. The poetry book she has written about Ludlow is “Trembling in the Bones”. I have developed my own feelings and emotions about Ludlow. They are based on my background and experiences. Dr. Swanson shares her emotions eloquently. If you want to learn about Ludlow, read anyone of the books about the strike. If you want to feel Ludlow, read “Trembling in the Bones”. I promise you that you will never look at Ludlow the same again.