"Many of Palacio's marvelous poems are like fragments of stories, snapshots and letters, dreams and memories of her often-troubled childhood's time and place. Eventually, Palacio's writing carries her away from her barrio childhood, though her experiences there assure her that she won't forget, and she remains an activist for Hispanic justice." --Albuquerque Journal
"How Fire Is a Story, Waiting is a mature and deeply stirring work, one that explores Melinda Palacio's identity as a Latina, daughter, and writer in language that is as lyrical as it is candid." - Los Angeles Review of Books"Her vision is wide and encompassing, her voice frank and expressive, her writing is economical. She is quick to find a nerve and offer a succinct observation." - Greg Langley, The Advocate
"Start anywhere in the book and read any poem in any order, and you'll get both a singular and, if you keep reading, a collective experience (and a powerful one at that). That's because underneath each poem is a story waiting, that builds up with each subsequent poem into a kind of lyrical photo album arranged with compassion and music and humor and soul."
Frank Mundo, Examiner"This collection of one-of-a-kind odes to growing up in South-Central LA, elegies to a Panamanian father locked up in Folsom Prison, and personal manifestos of one woman's journey through life, continue to burn in your memory long after you've read them." --Erasmo Guerra, Cosmopolitan Latina
From the Inside Flap
"Continue to fix broken things," Melinda Palacio writes in "Ramona Street," and the poems in How Fire Is a Story, Waiting
are consumed with naming the problems of the world and trying--however provisionally--to set them right. Palacio's verse, dense with imagery, is by turns sorrowful and sardonic, and always the voice is her own. There's a little universe in this book: enter and learn.
--David Starkey, Santa Barbara Poet Laureate Emeritus