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When I Walk Through That Door, I Am: An Immigrant Mother's Quest

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Poet-activist Jimmy Baca immerses the reader in an epic narrative poem, imagining the experience of motherhood in the context of immigration, family separation, and ICE raids on the Southern border.

Jimmy Santiago Baca makes the immigration crisis painfully personal in this new interpretation of the Epic Poem. While it may feel safest to take a step back when the government
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Paperback, 88 pages
Expected publication: February 19th 2019 by Beacon Press
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Bernie Gourley
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a narrative poem telling the story of an El Salvadoran woman who is separated from her child after illegally immigrating to the United States. It’s quite a timely topic, but as a work of literature and a “call to arms” it could have done much better.

This poetic novella is gripping to read, but is over-the-top in spots, and that does it a disservice in two ways. First of all, it takes the reader out of the story as they may become lost in the disbelief. Secondly, it takes a work that cou
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Aryssa
Jan 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Very timely, well done. A really long author's note, longer than I see in most poetry collections, but it works well. I enjoyed the character-building and plot commitment in this.Though the "I am Che" line made me uncomfortable. You're a mass murderer? Alrighty then...the other comparisons were better.
Carol Tilley
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
As another reviewer noted, there are some over-the-top moments, but there is also a pure, lyrical core here.
(Read via digital galley provided by the publisher through Edelweiss)
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Jimmy Santiago Baca of Apache and Chicano descent is an American poet and writer.
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