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

  • Rachel
    Feb 27, 2019
    I don?t read much poetry, honestly. But this? Beautiful. It pokes you right in the heart and the brain. It makes you want to read more poems and write poems and hear more poems read aloud. Good good good. ...
  • Steven
    Mar 07, 2019
    "on gray days, i wear the sun, but it falls off my shoulders. if you catch my mom in good light, it's impossible to tell where the sun ends." "...bones worn thin as thorns to terrorize blue agents, bones worn thin as guitar strings, so when the wind blows we can follow the mu...
  • 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. ...
  • Renée Roehl
    Feb 04, 2019
    O--you *must* read this 66 page book! Preferably in one sitting. Olivarez's glorious titles alone tell the reader where this book lives. A stunning collection of hilarious, tragic, poignant poems about the American, Mexican-American, Mxican experience and all the spirits those entail...
  • Brent
    Feb 27, 2019
    I am no poetry connoisseur but this collection was a fresh, cutting, and beautiful exploration of the complicated, Millennial, 2nd generation immigrant experience. My favorite poem was titled "If Anything is Missing, Then It's Nothing Big Enough to Remember". Here is a selection, ...
  • 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...
  • Lauren
    Mar 22, 2019
    there are more ways to put lead in a body than pulling a trigger. what do you think a food desert is but a long sip of poison? ~Excerpt "Poem in Which I Become Wolverine" ...
  • 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" ...
  • Eli
    Jan 17, 2019
    Amazing! I'll be recommending this book over and over. ...
  • Christina
    Feb 25, 2019
    Incredibly impressive. Avidly readable. Beautifully teachable. Accessible. This is one that I will return to often. I cannot wait to teach its gems. Jos engages and illuminates the tensions in being a child of immigrants... the hyphenated identity complicated by "illegal" vs. "ci...
  • Kimberley
    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. ...
  • Elliot
    Oct 10, 2018
    I don't know a lot about poetry, but there's a lot of good shit in here. ...
  • Elizabeth
    Mar 30, 2019
    Citizen Illegal by Jose Olivarez is a collection of poems that represent his experience growing up as Mexican-American. He addresses issues of citizenship, boarders, immigration and education. The collections have themes of identity, family, love, acceptance, and culture. Jose Olivarez...
  • Nuha
    Apr 13, 2019
    Wowowowowow I love Jos Olivarez and this book just understands what it means to be an immigrant child. It?s like eating KFC with Maggi sauce, like your mom?s homemade ?pasta? that still tastes like curry, like love that sometimes feels like hate because it?s so strong and s...
  • Never Without a 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. ...
  • LaTisha Garcia
    Dec 06, 2018
    This has a shit ton of gems in here. Really puts things into perspective for people on the outside looking in. So many relatable thoughts for me. ...
  • 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...
  • Adrian Nester
    Jun 05, 2018
    Thanks to the magic of Twitter I received this advanced copy from the poet. Olivarez posted the title poem to Twitter this year and I fell in love. My student, Brenda Arellano, followed him as her poet for her blog and I loved reading his poems and her analysis each month. I sat do...
  • 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. ...
  • 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...
  • Julie
    Mar 21, 2019
    I came across Jose Olivarez when I read his poem "Mexican American Disambiguation" in Hyperallergic. That poem slaps! "Mexican American Disambiguation" feels representative of the collection stylistically and thematically with its frankness and colloquialisms -- e.g., run-on sentences,...
  • The Diverse Reader.
    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 ...
  • Beanslover Jacob
    Mar 06, 2019
    A very good book of poems ...