Greetings poets and poetry lovers!
The May 2019 Poetry Book of the Month is Unaccompanied by Javier Zamora.
Javier Zamora’s debut assesses borderland politics, race, and immigration on a profoundly personal level, and simultaneously remembers and imagines a birth-country that’s been left behind. Through an unflinching gaze, plainspoken diction, and a combination of Spanish and English, Unaccompanied crosses El Salvador and Mexico as families are lost and reunited, coyotes lead migrants astray, and real life fuses with myth.
“Zamora details his experience emigrating from El Salvador to the U.S. at age nine in his timely and excellent debut, a heartbreaking account of leaving behind the grandmother who raised him to join parents he barely remembered” —Publishers Weekly
“Zamora insists that the stories he houses in his blood deserve to be told, and in the telling he has created a truly astonishing debut” —Rodney Gomez, Latino Book Review
"In [Nueve Años Immigrantes], he writes about living apart from his parents and then traveling alone over 4,000 miles across multiple borders to reunite with them as a nine-year-old. My students, Salvadoran in background or not, were amazed—they saw themselves and heard their families’ stories in these poems. Someone who looked and lived like them—young, immigrant, and undocumented—had written a book." —Zócalo Public Square
"Although Javier Zamora was only 21 when he released his first acclaimed chapbook, the sophistication in these poems belies that fact. Every line resonates with a wind that crosses oceans." —Jamaal May, Organic Weapons Arts
"Zamora’s work is real life turned into myth and myth made real life." —Glappitnov
“By finding the language to describe the hardships of the Salvadoran Civil War, the nightmares of migration that seem to plague all Salvadorans, Zamora has begun the process of healing deep emotional scars...” —Muzzle Magazine
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