Citizen illegal : poems (Book, 2018) [University of Maryland, College Park]
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Citizen illegal : poems

Citizen illegal : poems

Author: José Olivarez
Publisher: Chicago, Illinois : Haymarket Books, 2018. ©2018
Series: BreakBeat poets series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Poetry : EnglishView all editions and formats
"In this stunning debut, poet José Olivarez explores the story, 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, and gentrifying barrios. Drawing on the rich traditions of Latinx and Chicago writers like Sandra Cisneros and Gwendolyn Brooks, Olivarez creates a home out  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Poetry
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: José Olivarez
ISBN: 9781608469543 1608469549 1608465233 9781608465231
OCLC Number: 1022782730
Description: 69 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: I. (Citizen) (illegal) ; My parents fold like luggage ; Mexican heaven --
River Oaks mall ; My therapist says make friends with your monsters ; Boy & the belt ; The voice in my head speaks English now ; Rumors --
II. Mexican heaven ; Ode to cheese fries ; I wake in a field of wolves with the moon ; Note : rose that grows from concrete ; Ode to Cal City basement parties ; Not-love is a season ; Mexican heaven ; On my mom's 50th birthday ; Hecky naw ; Ode to Scottie Pippen --
III. Mexican heaven ; The day my little brother gets accepted into grad school ; I tried to be a good Mexican son ; I walk into every room & yell where the Mexicans at ; Mexican American obituary ; White folks is crazy ; Mexican heaven ; I ask Jesus how I got so white ; Poem in which I become Wolverine ; When the bill collector calls & I do not have the heart to answer ; Mexican American disambiguation --
IV. Mexican heaven ; You get fat when you're in love ; Interview ; My family never finished migrating we just stopped ; If anything is missing, then it's nothing big enough to remember ; Sleep apnea ; Mexican heaven ; Note : vaporub ; Summer love --
V. Mexican heaven ; Poem to take the belt out of my dad's hands ; My mom texts me for the millionth time ; I loved the world so I married it ; Love poem feat. Kanye West ; Getting ready to say I love you to my dad, it rains ; River Oaks mall (reprise) ; Gentefication ; Guapo.
Series Title: BreakBeat poets series.
Responsibility: José Olivarez.


Citizen Illegal is a revealing portrait of life as a first generation immigrant, a celebration of Chicano joy, a shout against erasure, and a vibrant re-imagining of Mexican American life.  Read more...
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"Olivarez steps into the 'inbetween' standing between Mexico and America in these compelling, emotional poems. Written with humor and sincerity, each page looks at immigration, race, gender and Read more...

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