This poetry collection spans various terrains of desire along with complicated melancholy contemplations which rush beyond easy definitions of time and place. The events recorded here are already moving past the periphery and, as from a passenger window of a car speeding by, Tejada witnesses the almost ungraspable panorama of the Americas. All landscapes of political and social upheaval are flickering at the borders of physical and spiritual desire in this collection. The poems here tightly weave around the ominous political circumstances at the turn of the 21st century, and merge with a robust intimacy as the poet treks across locales in lyric engagement beyond the industrial and political fetishizations of land.
Tejada’s dialog between linguistic play and stark insight both deconstructs and embodies the incessant media static of early twenty-first century existence.
—Diego Baez, Booklist
Tejada’s ambitious poetry derives its own difficult power from subtracting the prosaic and euphemistic veneer applied to the situation of both Latinos and Latin Americans. The results continue to be as sobering as they are inspiring.
—David Lau, Lana Turner Journal
This is a book of channeling, words taking the place of other words, phrases racing back and forth across the page, daring me to read it again. Roberto Tejada lets us glimpse into his own peculiar microcosmic literary world. He turns a political eye, a distant ear, and sees lightning, hears thunder.
—Exene Cervenka, author of Virtual Unreality
Roberto Tejada’s important book of poems Full Foreground is complicated in its geographical, historical, religious, linguistic journey through migration of spirit and fragments of events. In penetrating the swarm of life behind the screen to see what’s happening, Tejada searches for the world between degradation and pointlessness, between the diplomacy of a speck and the outburst of a stain. Tejada has excavated the dynamic changes of contemporary human space.”
—Jayne Cortez, author of Jazz Fan Looks Back
With this book the construction of desire gets turned on its head. Tejada has already established his reputation with Mirrors for Gold and Exposition Park, but Full Foreground catapults his vision into new vistas full of consequence and excitement for American letters—and by American, I mean the Americas.