Val Dering Rojas
"Val Dering Rojas is a poet of the elements, as if earth, fire, air, water and aether were contained in her quill. 'There is no science/which knows my fear/of how the land will love us,' she says, intimating that a true, natural, mysterious force is at work, which may very well be found in her ability to limn the ineffable with poetry. Rojas' poems vary widely even in this small collection—prose poem, surrealist dream, Ferlinghettilike line breaks—no form seems beyond her. Her titles alone suggest a map for the questing soul: "Awake," "Loss," "How to Leave the World." These are powerful, musical evocations of modern life, written with blood and daring and a gimlet eye."
—Corey Mesler, author of Opaque Melodies that Would Bug Most People