“[Maria Luisa A. Carino’s] poetry inhabits the heart first, then the mind, and the soul. For me, reading her poetry is a privilege I very seldom get—sought for and bestowed to me without reservations. Her work contains some of the most extraordinary and most polished poetry written by a Filipino poet writing in English today. Her command of language shows she has the astounding maturity of styles that separates her from the rest of her generation of writers. Here is the poetry that will last this generation and the generations to come. Bravo.” ~ Carlos Angeles, poet and author of A Stun of Jewels and A Bruise of Ashes; first recipient of the Commonwealth Republic Award for Poetry, Philippines
“In [Carino’s] poems, images unexpectedly spring from a source deeper than the human heart, more urgent and more tender, and brilliantly articulated. She is without doubt one of the finest poets we have today.” ~ Eric Gamalinda, poet and fictionist
“The living wound/the wound of living overflows with the vital essence of words, and we are overwhelmed by the sacrifice and the gifts of this collection. The wound is both malady and vessel of healing. The Glorious and tragic gods of poetry who lived with the poet in the rooms-within-rooms of the heart would be well-pleased.” ~ Marjorie Evasco, poet and professor of literature, De La Salle University, Manila
* This book received a National Book Award from the Manila Critics Circle, Philippines.