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"Vividly, the poetic power of The Concrete River casts the reader soul-first into the poignant presence of father and children, into the furious heat of steel factory work, and finally into the eyes of the poet which are necessary in order to see 'the first light coming into view.' Rodriguez shows us that light."
—Simon J. Ortiz
"Rodriguez speaks . . . with a voice that comes not so much from the chest as the belly; we need to hear what he has to say."
—Larry Weintraub, Chicago Sun-Times
"The poetry is of the barrio yet stubbornly refuses to be confined in it—Rodriguez's perceptive gaze and storyteller's gift transport his world across neighborhood boundaries."