"Cofer's poems 'make language from pure need.' Here she provides a kind of informal memoir through anecdote, nuanced detail, extended metaphor, and finally meditations on the function of language itself in forming identity. A Love Story Beginning in Spanish is the work of a mature poet, further evidence of her skill as a writer."
—Hilda Raz, author of Divine Honors and Trans
"Judith Ortiz Cofer is a poet whose music pervades my life long after I've finished reading. A Love Story Beginning in Spanish inspires me and heartens me."
"Judith Ortiz Cofer is a rarity among writers, consistently accomplished in both prose and poetry. A Love Story Beginning in Spanish only adds to an already-solid reputation of an artist who can unravel memory or anecdote into an experience that is sensory and intelligent."
—El Paso Times
"Together, these poems enact their understanding of language, showing an intense attention to structure, sound, and sense."
"The mark of a skilled poet, she goes beyond mere approximations to focus on the details of a situation, details that create a sense of environment as well as character. . . . beautifully written poems that carry a persuasive cultural beat."
—Karla Parris, Spartanburg Herald-Journal
"You don't have to be multilingual to delight in Cofer's poems. Her lingua franca speaks for the exile in all of us."
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