"If José Luis Gutiérrez’s generation comes to be known as the generation of synthesis, it will be because of work like his.  His poems dream and think at the same time, that is they can penetrate complex ideas involving time, love, self-reflection, among others through a voluptuous array of oneiric scenes, tropes, and observations.  This fusion of oneiric and analytical creative thought has its roots in Latin American literature and culture, but it is with Gutiérrez and other mid-career Latino poets writing in English in the US that this tradition finds a natural voice in contemporary North American poetry.  Let us welcome an English-language poetry whose roots happen to be Latin American and which can startle and influence American poetry as a whole." 

— Ricardo Pau-Llosa