"I truly believe this anthology represents the best poetry being written in the Southwest today."—from the Preface
Inheritance of Light is divided into five parts, each part containing poems set in a flowing sequence based on similar themes and concerns.
Part One contains introductory, surreal poems about the art of poetry and the creative process—an intense opening. "Let us consider seeing the nebula as they did/on that first night of the world."—Patty Turner
Part two contains autobiographical poems about the family, growing up, and ancestors. Part Three is the political section with a number of poems about war, politics, and global matters. Part Four may have the most personal, confessional, yet universal poems about the poets’ reactions to the world around them.
Part Five contains poems about journeys, reaffirmation, renewal, life and death, which brings the whole book to an emotional closing. "What then, when your heart feels home, the sun rises full,/ a world stirs, awakens? What then, when the silver light/of the morning star vanishes to greet a day beginning/somewhere else?"—Ann Alejandro