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Lessons on expulsion : poems

Author: Erika L Sánchez
Publisher: Minneapolis, Minnesota : Graywolf Press, [2017] ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : Poetry : English : First Graywolf printingView all editions and formats
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"What is life but a cross / over rotten water?" Poet, novelist, and essayist Erika L. Sánchez powerful debut poetry collection explores what it means to live on both sides of the border -- the border between countries, languages, despair and possibility, and the living and the dead. Sánchez tells her own story as the daughter of undocumented Mexican immigrants and as part of a family steeped in faith, work, grief,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Deception
Poetry
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Erika L Sánchez
ISBN: 9781555977788 1555977782
OCLC Number: 957021738
Description: 73 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Quinceañera --
Spring --
Narco --
La Cueva --
Amá --
Letter from New York --
Self-Portrait --
Las Pulgas --
The Loop --
Lavapiés --
Portrait of a Wetback --
Lessons on Expulsion --
Hija de la Chingada --
On the Eve of the Tepehuán Revolt --
To You on My Birthday --
Baptism --
Crossing --
Saudade --
Orchid --
The Poet at Fifteen --
Kindness --
Kingdom of Debt --
Love Story --
A Woman Runs on the First Day of Spring --
Girl --
Juárez --
Self-Portrait --
Forty-Three --
Vieques --
Poem of My Humiliations --
Circles --
Hyacinth --
Capital --
Donkey Poem --
Six Months after Contemplating Suicide.
Other Titles: Poems.
Responsibility: Erika L. Sánchez.

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"What is life but a cross / over rotten water?" Poet, novelist, and essayist Erika L. Sánchez powerful debut poetry collection explores what it means to live on both sides of the border -- the border between countries, languages, despair and possibility, and the living and the dead. Sánchez tells her own story as the daughter of undocumented Mexican immigrants and as part of a family steeped in faith, work, grief, and expectations. The poems confront sex, shame, race, and an America roiling with xenophobia, violence, and laws of suspicion and suppression. With candor and urgency, and with the unblinking eyes of a journalist, Sánchez roves from the individual life into the lives of sex workers, narco-traffickers, factory laborers, artists, and lovers. What emerges is a powerful, multifaceted portrait of survival. Lessons on Expulsion is the first book by a vibrant, essential new writer now breaking into the national literary landscape.

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