Diane Lockward exemplifies Garcia Lorca's definition of poet as the professor of the five bodily senses. She revels in sensory language and can make terror and loss as spine-tingling as the beauty of a last stab of sunset. With her cryptic title, she invites us to join her in a poetic banquet where we are seduced by the “Red of the raspberry, its drupelets a nest of sexual seeds, / and the music, pepper hot and red,” and challenged by the never-ending unwinding of her interior landscape seeking its exterior expression in the physical world around her. Make no mistake, though, the artistic weaving in these poems is tough as knots that “hold their weight, that won't come undone.” This book is a feast to which Garcia Lorca himself would give a five-star rating.  
          —Kathryn Stripling Byer, North Carolina Poet Laureate, 2005-2009 

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