"There is no way to understand the great new wave of Hispanic poetry without recognizing the singular achievement of Rhina P. Espaillat. Her understated, compressed, and classical poems upend all the Anglo clichés about Latino poetry. Her lyrics are as cool as a Chet Baker solo and just as deeply felt. Uninsistent and self-assured, Espaillat is the urbane voice of the new Latino poetry."
"This comprehensive volume makes a place for Espaillat as a major poet through a range of identities: a woman, a Latina, an immigrant, a bilingual speaker, a mother, and a wife, but most particularly as a formalist. That so many groups make a claim to her speaks to her enduring appeal."