Citizen Illegal

Citizen Illegal

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 lik In this stunning debut, poet Jos Olivarez explores the stories, contradictions, joys, and sorrows that embody life in ...

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Title:Citizen Illegal
Author:Josẽ Olivarez
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Genres:Poetry
ISBN:1608469549
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:69 pages pages

Citizen Illegal Reviews

  • Mike
    Sep 04, 2018
    I?ve loved Jos Olivarez?s work for a while and have been very excited to see his debut collection. It didn?t disappoint. Many of these poems I?d read before, and I loved them all over again. The new ones are sure to become new faves. I love how this book encompasses both fire...
  • Jim
    Nov 08, 2018
    I heard Jose Olivarez read his poems at the end of October (2018) and liked him and his poems. He has a very winning personality. Bought the book at the reading. ...
  • Em
    Sep 04, 2018
    This was fantastic. I couldn't put it down--i laughed out loud several times. Olivarez had me swinging between feeling good, sad, and with righteous injustice over the course of a few lines. Then repeat. And repeat again. Haymarket Books has brought me back to poetry. ...
  • Kathleen
    Jul 11, 2018
    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 sty...
  • Kent Winward
    Aug 16, 2018
    The poems were timely politically and accessible, but the universality of the poet's life started to feel like every poet who consistently hits the local open mics: conflicts with parents, conflicts and heartbreak with love interests, concern over where one fits in, cultural and family...
  • Ashlee
    Jan 06, 2019
    Great poems about Family, Love, and Identity. Standouts for me were "Mexican Heaven", "Mexican American Disambiguation" and "White Folks Is Crazy" ...
  • Leah Rachel von Essen
    Aug 13, 2018
    Citizen Illegal by Jo Olivarez is a poetry collection that builds on its own power, getting better as it goes on. Not all of the poems throughout had the same level of impact, but as a collection, it builds the foundation until Part V is a storm, crackling and booming with the weight...
  • Eli
    Jan 17, 2019
    Amazing! I'll be recommending this book over and over. ...
  • Sadie Hillier
    Dec 17, 2018
    If art is a vital ingredient in social progress, and I believe that it is, then this book has an integral role to play. But more than that, it?s beautiful poetry that?s a gift to read and to learn from and it offers a deeply personal look into the author?s life and what brough...
  • Page
    Aug 16, 2018
    Thank you to Edelweiss+ for this advanced eGalley of ?Citizen Illegal?. Jos Olivarez lets you into his world: its pain, its contradictions, and its frustrations. As a Mexican-American his experience is not unlike those whose mixed ethnicity makes it difficult to figure out...
  • Katrina
    Jan 10, 2019
    incredible ...
  • Allison
    Jul 26, 2018
    I'm so glad this collection of poetry exists in our world today. Jose Olivarez writes beautifully with love, humor and wit, about his experience growing up Mexican-American, the child of immigrants, about the many intersections of his life & his identity, about his complicated and ...
  • Karin Salisbury
    Sep 14, 2018
    Such a powerful, honest voice. I continue to revisit various poems, each one packed with intensity, thoughtfulness, love, and raw dignity. ...
  • krystal
    Sep 13, 2018
    I just inhaled this book in one sitting. I?m typing this from the bookstore because I haven?t even left yet. It?s perfect. I loved it. I hope you do too. ...
  • Janelle Bailey
    Oct 09, 2018
    59: Citizen Illegal by Jose Olivarez...pre-Wisconsin Book Festival. This is a smart poet whose work is contained in these pages, Sr. Olivarez. It's agonizing material and story from the get-go but beautiful poetry in all ways. I would have loved to have taught this collection in AP Eng...
  • Luis
    Nov 12, 2018
    it?s one thing to pick up a book based off recommendations and an amazing cover. it is a whole other to pick up the book and put it down 4 times over the course of reading it because you feel seem and validated. the book made me simultaneously miss home and further understand my iden...
  • Elliot
    Oct 10, 2018
    I don't know a lot about poetry, but there's a lot of good shit in here. ...
  • Carla Ferreira
    Oct 02, 2018
    Stop. Drop. Read this. One of my English language learners said to me upon reading this book, "The poems feel true, feel real." To Jos Olivarez, thank you for making my students feel heard, feel celebrated. This book is healing. It also has so many great moments of humor, which...
  • Ricardo
    Sep 16, 2018
    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 fou...
  • Kandace
    Sep 15, 2018
    As a Chicana this collection changed my life. The tension between the sorrow and joys of Mexican experience in the contemporary US are expressed in a variety of ways through a beautiful collection of poems. The revisioning of Mexican Heaven through several versions of the poem were a p...
  • Anna | never_withouta_book
    Aug 18, 2018
    Citizen Illegal is a beautiful piece of artwork. This collection of poetry explores what it means to be a first-generation Mexican-American. Jos paints a vivid portrait of family, love, gender, class, immigration and traditions of Latinx. Highly recommend. ...
  • Nahid Soltanzadeh
    Aug 08, 2018
    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. ...
  • Christina  Butcher
    Aug 19, 2018
    I read this entire poetry collection in one day. I couldn't put it down. Olivarez beautifully captures the cultural-in-between of being Chicano, and he does so without being stuffy or overly romantic. I earmarked almost every other poem in this collection because the writing is honest,...
  • Abby
    Dec 15, 2018
    A wonderful poetry collection from a son of Mexican immigrants. Explores Mexican identity, the sociocultural landscape of the contemporary US, masculinity, urbanity, and more. I particularly love these poems: "Mexican Heaven" "I Walk Into the Room & Yell Where the Mexicans At" "...
  • Alana
    Jan 18, 2019
    (citizen) (illegal) Mexican woman (illegal) and Mexican man (illegal) have a Mexican (illegal)-American (citizen). Is the baby more Mexican or American? Place the baby in the arms of the mother (illegal). If the mother holds the baby (citizen) too long, does the baby become ill...
  • Violet Muhle Bruce
    Sep 06, 2018
    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. ...
  • Delia Rainey
    Dec 06, 2018
    a book to read in one sitting, late at night and lonely ~ a book to read in one sitting, comfortable in the space where Jos tells me abt his family & friends like we are having a drink and sharing our most vulnerable thoughts ~ escape to ?mexican heaven? and ?gentefication?...
  • Tommy
    Jan 12, 2019
    Honest, heartfelt, and relatable is how I'd describe Citizen Illegal. I grew up across the high way from Calumet City, far enough away from the problems but close enough to call it a distant cousin I kind of knew. The poems in this book captured how I felt growing up as a Vietnamese...
  • Raunel Urquiza
    Jan 01, 2019
    Great! I resonated strongly with the works and my favorite poems touched a deep nerve about what assimilation or integration looks like in our culture. We are at odds not only in our society, our homes but even ourselves. I'm left wondering, how do I reconcile my seemingly contradi...
  • Isaly.
    Sep 29, 2018
    Poetry has always been my favorite genre because of the emotions it evokes from a reader. I have been getting poetry books left and right from the library. I recently was able to get Citizen Illegal By Jos Olivarez -- which has been released recently. I was immediately drawn to this ...