• “This poetry is of the barrio yet stubbornly refuses to be confined in it—Rodríguez’s perceptive gaze and storyteller’s gift transport his world across neighborhood boundaries.”  - Publishers Weekly

  • “The poems in this volume . . . have a brutal yet shimmering intensity that registers the poignant humor and pathos of many Chicanos’ lives.”  - American Book Review

  • “In his bag of tools, his words, Rodriguez knows just which to use to chisel well-sculpted poetry. His is the gift of sharing.”  - Indianapolis News