Unaccompanied This gorgeous debut speaks with heart wrenching intimacy and first hand experience to the hot button political issues of immigration and border crossings

  • Title: Unaccompanied
  • Author: Javier Zamora
  • ISBN: 9781556595110
  • Page: 271
  • Format: Paperback
  • This gorgeous debut speaks with heart wrenching intimacy and first hand experience to the hot button political issues of immigration and border crossings.

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    1. Zamora’s first full-length poetry collection arrives at a very crucial moment for our country. The wall depicted on the cover reflects both our president’s words and what separates a young boy from his parents. The material appears to be heavily autobiographical, or biographical about his other family members. This gives US readers, who may be unfamiliar with El Salvador’s brutal war, an introduction to how that country has been torn apart and affected across time.Immigration, both its cau [...]

    2. ‘Real life turned into myth and myth made real life’Poet Javier Zamora was born in the small El Salvadoran coastal fishing town of La Herradura and immigrated to the United States at the age of nine, joining his parents in California. He earned a BA at the University of California-Berkeley and an MFA at New York University and is a 2016-2018 Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.Javier’s debut UNACCOMPANIED assesses borderland politics, race, and immigration on a profoundly persona [...]

    3. An astonishingly powerful book of poetry, largely speaking of the memories of growing up amid the violence of civil war in El Salvador, and the experiences of illegal immigration into the United States.Among my favorites: "Instructions for my Funeral"Douse my in the cheapest gin. Whatever you do,don't judge my home. Cut my boneswith a machete till I'm finest dust.[Wrap my pito in panties so I dream of pisar].Please, no priests, no crosses, no flowers."Disappeared" begins Hold these names respons [...]

    4. A friend suggested this collection after hearing an NPR interview. I had just read about Zamora in Poets & Writers so dropped what else I was reading to pick this up. While I loved the subject matter and his delivery, I think there are significant things I missed by not speaking Spanish (there are portions of poems in Spanish with no translation that I simply didn’t want to Google to understand what he was saying). Even with that, great collection and enjoyable read. My faves were: To Abue [...]

    5. More than ever, this book is a calling to our country’s newly set directives toward immigration and our country’s new, but certainly not unified, mantra, all-borders-closed policy. This not the United States I was raised in or raised to believe in! As Javier Zamora says “I think in the United States we forget that writing and carrying the banner of ‘being a poet’ is tied into a long history of people who have literally risked [their lives] and died to write these words.”

    6. An aching, beautiful collection of poems chronicling an immigrant's experience crossing into the United States. Zamora has an arresting poetic voice and I'm eager to hear more from him. My favorite poems were "the Pier of La Herradura," "Vows," and "I. [I wasn't born here]", though there are powerful lines in many others.

    7. Zamora's poems are gorgeous powerful reflections on personal experiences as an immigrant to the United States. His poems are beautiful and affecting. I found myself especially drawn to his comparisons and metaphors. I think "The Pier of La Herradura" was my favorite. Highly recommend!

    8. from: Abuelita Neli's Garden with Parakeets Named Chepito"Grandpa cuts our parakeet's wings and dips our moonsin vodka. Truth is, before I drownedChepito the fourth, I asked him if he rememberedthe eggshell he broke. Abuelita, will your forgetthe veins on the back of Grandpa's hands?"

    9. Absolutely fantastic! This book should be required reading for any politician. Perhaps they would have more compassion for people.

    10. Very topical poems on the immigrant experience. Javier Zamora is from El Salvador, and his parents left for the US when he was very young and he followed when he was 9 years old. He writes from the perspective of his parents and other people in his family on the savagery of civil war and the ordeals people like his family would undertake, crossing brutal terrain for the hope of a better life. Read more on my booklog

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