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...
  • David
    Oct 01, 2018
    Read these poems by @_joseolivarez and take the punch. Be indicted and accept it. Come and meet him in October @oakparklibrary. ...
  • 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. ...
  • Karla Strand
    Sep 15, 2018
    Brilliant. Loving the BreakBeat Poets series so much. ...
  • 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...
  • Leah Rachel
    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...
  • Angie
    Sep 12, 2018
    Read my review of the book here: http://thegatenewspaper.com/2018/09/s... ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Greg Adams
    Nov 02, 2018
    With keen observation skills, urban honesty and subtle humor, Olivarez provides a much-needed viewpoint on life for Latinos in the age of the anti-everything president. This should be a required read for ALL Americans. ...
  • 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...
  • Mark Pinkerton
    Sep 22, 2018
    A fresh voice, and worth reading. I recommend this book, and this poet. It's not my heritage, and that's all the more reason to read it. ...
  • 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...
  • Nairobi Enriquez
    Oct 23, 2018
    It had a few good lines. ...
  • Ben Niespodziany
    Oct 17, 2018
    Boy, can Jose Olivarez paint a picture. What a stunning debut collection. One you need in your collection (and the Sentrock artwork is merely icing on the tres leches cake). ...
  • 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. ...
  • Miles
    Jun 16, 2018
    Fingers crossed for the manifestation of what I hope will be a much longer review in the near future, but let me just say: you really should read this book of poems when it comes out in September. ...
  • CCtheBrave
    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,...
  • Mrs.Tucker
    Oct 05, 2018
    This collection is stunning, a must read. I can?t wait to discuss with #THEBOOKCHAT and with my students. ...
  • 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. ...
  • Emily Baer
    Oct 08, 2018
    Note: Rose that Grows from Concrete was my favorite part ...
  • 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 ...
  • Anna |hayinas7
    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. ...