Given there is no language that can translate an invisible hurt / Prove the creation of a separate self neither addressed nor acknowledged.
In Stereometry, Mercedes Lucero adopts arithmetic’s orderliness to manage her grief following a period of loss and near loss. This poetic curriculum articulates the solace she found in poring over textbook equations and theorems, seeking to merge the impossibility of knowing why with a discipline built upon solutions and answers.
Lucero employs logic and reason in her focus on the abstract principles governing heartache. Which rule calculates the area of uncertainty? The shape of evaporating water? The distance between mourning and remembering? In surveying personal distress, she provides new means to assess the universal. Stereometry is bundled with interactive elements inviting reader participation, sharing an opportunity to quantify experiences beyond our understanding.
— Bill Ripley, Editor-in-Chief of Another New Calligraphy
IN THE GARDEN OF BROKEN THINGS
Sometimes we feel as if we're broken on the inside, but we can't really say why. Sometimes we wonder if we'll ever feel unbroken.
Bodies merge and drift apart, solidify and falter, and, most poignantly, revel in their imperfections in In the Garden of Broken Things. These pieces leave readers adrift in a maze of assorted ephemera on a cosmic scale. But rather than puzzle, Lucero deftly leads us through these character's complicated and intimate lives filled with longing, loss, and continuing forward amidst unpredictable yet promising futures.
— Alyse Bensel, author of Shift and Not of Their Own Making
To me, what's so attractive about these poems isn't necessarily the broken things, but the tone used to present them. These shining broken badges are shared with me as though I am a close friend, a personal confidante, someone looking in from a completely non-voyeuristic perspective. It's casual but also complex in its retelling.
— Charlotte Seley, author of The World is My Rival
In the Garden of Broken Things... by Lawrence, Kan., poet on-the-rise Mercedes Lucero, is a short journey, but it maps the crevices of the heart and soul, stopping a while to reflect on life’s messy entanglements.
— Kathie Kerr, KC Studio Magazine