Tedi López Mills is in the midst of an ongoing conversation. To read her poetry is to enter the river of philosophy in one of its clearer channels. López Mills’ poetry engages the ideas and furthers the inquiries of her sharpest contemporaries and brightest forebears. These poems hold in trembling balance the tension between space and time, time and being, being and been. They invoke and asymptotically extend the eternal questions: who am I? who am I in relation to this world? what is this world in relation to God, or the idea of God? While Light Is Built houses some of the most important poems being written today. We have been invited in to the contemplation and conversation of Tedi López Mills. It is for us to enter and respond.
Tedi López Mills is a poet, essayist, translator, and editor. From 1994 to 1999, she was Editor-in-Chief of the literary journal La Gaceta. In 1998, she received the first poetry grant awarded by the Octavio Paz Foundation. Her poetry books includeCinco estaciones, Un lugar ajeno, Segunda persona, (for which she received the Efraín Huerta National Literature Prize), Glosas, Horas and Luz por aire y agua. A small selection of her work has just been published by Kore Press, under the titleWhile Light Is Built. Since 2000 she has been a member of the Sistema Nacional de Creadores.
Wendy Burk (she/her/hers) is a poet and translator of Spanish. She has twice been named Artist-in-Residence with the National Park Service (2001, Isle Royale National Park; 2003, Buffalo National River). Together with poet Eric Magrane, she is at work on a collaborative book based on these residencies.