Foreword by Martin Espada This chapbook collection offers new poems from the prolific career of a community leader, activist, and healer. Luis J. Rodriguez s work asks profound questions of us as readers and fellow humans, such as, If society cooperates, can we nurture the full / and healthy development of everyone? In his introductory remarks, Martin Espada describes the poet as a man engaged in people and places: Luis Rodriguez is a poet of many tongues, befitting a city of many tongues. He speaks English, Spanish, Hip Hop, the Blues, and cool jazz. He speaks in mad solos. He speaks in People s Sonnets. He speaks in the language of protest. He speaks in the language of praise.