• “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 “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 “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