In Light, Always Light
Author: Angela Trudell Vasquez
Publisher: Finishing Line Press (2019)
"The poems of In Light, Always Light afford space for the lyric to clarify and delineate the self '… through the ravine to the seam / the V peak of the hills / where dappled light spills / between rocks and discarded beer cans.' Here Angela Vasquez presents poems that struggle to contend with family history, a history of diaspora and relation, of assertion and insistence that the reader and the poet must bring to bear the imperative of 'yes, yes fight back.' The poems travel, as we do, to observe the poet in the eternal dimension where one must write, and read — 'Let me sit in sadness for a spell. / I need to write this out.'"
–Joan Naviyuk Kane
"The poems in Angie Trudell Vasquez’s In Light, Always Light honor the illuminating power of poetry, but they also speak eloquently of racial injustice and the dark 'inherited grief' that is its offspring. These are poems of history, endurance, and remembrance. They vividly story the strength and survival of migrant ancestors 'who built railroads / with broken backs' or shared 'mole recipes on parchment.' In those relatives 'passed. . . to vases of bone and ash,' Vasquez recognizes the fleeting quality of human reality. Like our forebears, we are mere 'half blinks of history,' 'we are magic dying.' But in this volume, Vasquez offer her ancestors colorful and enduring literary lives. 'Poets,' she writes, 'resist the death of a people' and 'beyond death, art speaks.'