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....
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Citizen Illegal Reviews
I don't know a lot about poetry, but there's a lot of good shit in here.
Just beautiful. This poetry is so real and vibrant and honest that it left me speechless. The way this book has so many of my favorite types of poetry is truly incredible. I believe there is something for everyone in this book, take a couple hours out of your day and read it.
This has a shit ton of gems in here. Really puts things into perspective for people on the outside looking in. So many relatable thoughts for me.
Though I’ve read a fair amount of poetry before, I still feel quite new to it all when I take on reading a new collection. I think with "Citizen Illegal" I’ve finally begun to realize the incredible precision and thought it takes to tell stories in just a span of a few lines. I found much of what Olivarez wrote about to be relatable which made me love his work all the more. One piece that stood out to me was his poem “Mexican American Obituary” (which is a sort of homage to Pedro Pietri “Puerto ...more
With keen observation skills, urban honesty and subtle humor, Olivarez provides a much-needed viewpoint on life for Latinos in the age of the anti-everything president. This should be a required read for ALL Americans.
My review for the Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifesty...
The word “ode” gets thrown around a lot in relation to poetry, so it’s worth taking a look at Merriam-Webster’s definition of the term: “a lyric poem usually marked by exaltation of feeling and style, varying length of line, and complexity of stanza forms.” A cross-check with the Poetry Foundation adds that an ode is “a formal, often ceremonious lyric poem that addresses and often celebrates a person, place, thing, or ide ...more
I just finished this book in one sitting and I'm in awe. I learned more than I have ever learned from a poetry book, in terms of both craft & content. Like, if we each had an empathy score for the lives we haven't lived but have listened to, mine just sky-rocketed.
Brilliant. Loving the BreakBeat Poets series so much.