This is a powerful collection of poems. Sanchez's voice is the voice of the blues. The poems are all at once deeply spiritual, moving, and politically hopeful. Sanchez moves freely in these poems from haiku, to tanka, to free verse, to prose poem. She really does it all. Her words have a stripped down, honest, brutal feeling, yet paint powerful and beautiful images. This book did shake me. I had to read it a little at a time to savor its intensity.