A fine first volume of quietly powerful poems that reflect the oral traditions of her Tohono O'odham people.
—Western American Literature
A fresh look at the desert from the perspective of people that adapted to that land over many centuries . . . Zepeda frequently constructs evocative images of life in the desert that are seldom seen.
Zepeda's imagery captures the most subtle perceptions of the natural world-the smell of coming rain, the taste of dust-and her poems, deriving from tribal, family, and personal memories, reveal an intense and characteristically Tohono consciousness of weather, sky, earth, and water, of the landmarks which measure the passage of the seasons, and of nature in both its positive and negative manifestations.
—World Literature Today
Her poems let us glimpse the Pimería Alta from an O'odham point of view. The desert is achingly palpable here.
—Southwest Mission Research Center