Tejada's ambitious poetry derives its own difficult power from subtracting the prosaic and euphemistic veneer applied to the situation of both Latinos and Latin Americans. The results continue to be as sobering as they are inspiring.
—Lana Turner Journal
This is a book of channeling, words taking the place of other words, phrases racing back and forth across the page, daring me to read it again. Roberto Tejada lets us glimpse into his own peculiar microcosmic literary world. He turns a political eye, a distant ear, and sees lightning, hears thunder.
Roberto Tejada's important book of poems Full Foreground
is complicated in its geographical, historical, religious, linguistic journey through migration of spirit and fragments of events. In penetrating the swarm of life behind the screen to see what's happening, Tejada searches for the world between degradation and pointlessness, between the diplomacy of a speck and the outburst of a stain. Tejada has excavated the dynamic changes of contemporary human space.
—Jayne Cortez, author of Jazz Fan Looks Back
With this book the construction of desire gets turned on its head. Tejada has already established his reputation with Mirrors for Gold and Exposition Park,
but Full Foreground
catapults his vision into new vistas full of consequence and excitement for American letters—and by American, I mean the Americas.
—Timothy Liu, author of Bending the Mind Around the Dream's Blown Fuse