A stunning, powerful synthesis.
By connecting humanity to the river and its life, Pérez creates a vision of peace and tranquility that leaves one feeling hopeful.
—El Paso Times
Pérez's writing is floating on the river and the river is in all of our bodies, imprinted on our very faces.
—Arts and Culture Texas
In divided times, Emmy Pérez's voice speaks not only from America, but from the Americas, north and south. A wise, healing poetry.
Radiant with place—specifically, the Southwest and the Texas borderlands—this new work from Pérez fiercely embraces the natural world. The sheer physicality of her poems can be intoxicating.
Though they don't overlook the violence of the border, these poems blaze with the desert's dazzling beauty.
Emmy Pérez is a word musician and magician. This book has a powerful pull—it has secret places where part of you will reside. It is a good season when work like this is in bloom.
—Luis Alberto Urrea
Emmy Pérez's singular voice is voluminous in scope. Some of her best poems are as incantatory as the Rio Grande is long and leave us breathless in a very marvelous and satisfying way. The poet's magical language shields us through checkpoints in an enclave of earth to which many of us have been woefully underexposed. These beautifully rendered poems speak to all of us who have an interest in life, liberty, land, and love.
—Reggie Scott Young