A courageous and heartbreaking collection . . . Martinez simultaneously bares her soul and applies her intelligence to poems overflowing with original imagery.
[Martinez] demonstrates once again that she can write rich and accessible poetry for a broad audience.
The poems in The Devil's Workshop
speak of both moments of perception, the here and now, and of a longer view. The forces of history and identity are here, but so are the themes of individual suffering and awakening. . . . Martinez's voice is authentic and very much her ownand her poems are a pleasure to read.
Santa Fe New Mexican
The poems are carried by their authenticity into the world, as a river current might carry a boulder downstream; you believe what the poems say because you can trust the journey the poet has undertaken and because nothing is out of place. . . . The quality of writing in this collection is consistently both imaginative and truthful: a rare find in poetry these days.
Southwest Book Views
Martinez is one of the strong and original voices in contemporary Southwestern literature, and her new book is an expression of both her vision and heart.
New Mexico Magazine
Her poems are explosively passionate, with fiery surprising metaphors
Martínez has smelted the sexual and the sociocultural into a pure annealing joy.
North American Review