"The breaking of multiple taboos -- humanizing a much-maligned population,
inscribing homosexuality on the same page as class and ethnicity, and insisting
on making as much room as possible for Spanish in an English-dominant text
("Agringado. Recién llegado. / Eyes the color of garrapatas. / Manos de trapo. /
Cell phone strapped like a pistola / to his belt.") demonstrate a deliberate
push-back to the current anti-immigrant, anti-bilingualism, and anti-gay
political climate across the country, and particularly in Arizona, Corral's home
state. Indeed, in times of distress, "Even music can bleed."
"I see the poise in Corral's poem in its spirality. The poem -- a kind of free verse villanelle/free verse pantoum -- winds through its irregular repetitions and reiterations. Its ideas evoke clinging to the aroma and melodies of memory, of need, of yearning, and are conditioned on those circuitous psychological shapes."