"Fierce poems speaking out against the anonymity enforced by indifference, abuse, and sheer mortality. Fierce in their plain speaking, but not at all plain in their musicality. A lushness of imagery, passionate cadences, a voice that witnesses pain even as it celebrates love in all its guises. Rachel Rose has written an extraordinarily clear-eyed first book." Daphne Marlatt. "In images both harrowing and beautiful, always 'Luminescent/under the meat', this work moves me profoundly, as it disturbs." Mary di Michele."Rachel Rose is writing a poetry of intense witness and emotional drive, always marked by the distinctive tang of raw experience and the sort of wisdom which can only be learned by a heart that is fully engaged." Don McKay.
Shortlisted Gerald Lampert Memorial Award The Canadian League of Poets (2000)Shortlisted Pat Lowther Award The Canadian League of Poets (2000)Winner A. M. Klein Prize for Poetry Quebec Writers' Federation (2000)