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Citizen Illegal

In this stunning debut, poet Jos Olivarez explores the stories, contradictions, joys, and sorrows that embody life in the spaces between Mexico and America. He paints vivid portraits of good kids, bad kids, families clinging to hope, life after the steel mills, gentrifying barrios, and everything in between. Drawing on the rich traditions of Latinx and Chicago writers like Sandra Cisneros and Gwendolyn Brooks, Olivarez creates a home out of life in the in-between. Combining wry humor with potent emotional force, Olivarez takes on complex issues of race, ethnicity, gender, class, and immigration using an everyday language that invites the reader in. Olivarez has a unique voice that makes him a poet to watch....

Title : Citizen Illegal
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ISBN : 9781608469543
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 69 pages
Status : Available For Download
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Citizen Illegal Reviews

  • CCtheBrave

    I read this entire poetry collection in one day. I couldn't put it down. Olivarez beautifully captures the cultural-in-between of being Chicano, and he does so without being stuffy or overly romantic. I earmarked almost every other poem in this collection because the writing is honest, humorous and accessible. As a Chicana poet, I'm always on the hunt for poetry collections and authors who delve into the push and pull of immigrant experiences similar to those my family live(d) through and which ...more

  • David

    Read these poems by @_joseolivarez and take the punch. Be indicted and accept it. Come and meet him in October @oakparklibrary.

  • Karla Strand

    Brilliant. Loving the BreakBeat Poets series so much.

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  • Mike

    I’ve loved José Olivarez’s work for a while and have been very excited to see his debut collection. It didn’t disappoint. Many of these poems I’d read before, and I loved them all over again. The new ones are sure to become new faves. I love how this book encompasses both fire and tenderness, poems about race and place, but also about love in many forms. Such a great read.

  • Miles

    Fingers crossed for the manifestation of what I hope will be a much longer review in the near future, but let me just say: you really should read this book of poems when it comes out in September.

  • Mark Pinkerton

    A fresh voice, and worth reading. I recommend this book, and this poet. It's not my heritage, and that's all the more reason to read it.