Braille for the heart
by Robert Vasquez
with an introduction by Diane Marie Delgado
Praise for Braille for the Heart:
These elegiac poems provide no consolation but they do map a landscape where splendor and desolation intertwine while “pillow-cupped loved ones advance under stone.” Immediate and intimate, alternating between free verse and syllabics, the muscular syntax of these lines summon forth the “slow ache within music” that pleasures the ear and wraps the heart in black ribbon.
— Eduardo C. Corral
[W]e need writers like Vasquez who can draw us into that darkness, but help us emerge, changed, with a power that establishes and blurs the expectations of Chicano/a poetry. — Diana Marie Delgadofrom her introduction