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

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

Jimmy Santiago Baca / Mar 29, 2020

When I Walk Through That Door I Am An Immigrant Mother s Quest 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 Ji

  • Title: When I Walk Through That Door, I Am: An Immigrant Mother's Quest
  • Author: Jimmy Santiago Baca
  • ISBN: 0807059358
  • Page: 292
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 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 calls to build that wall, Baca steps forward into the lives of those who suffer profoundly at the hands of Immigration and Customs Enforcement ICE agents In language we can all understand, Baca sends us on a journey with Sophia, an El Salvadorian mother searching for a better life She takes step after painful step up a mountain of obstacles, carrying with her the burden of all that has come before past her husband s murder, through her searing grief, to the wrenching separation from her young son at the border, then rape and abuse at the hands of American officials always onward, exhaustively I keep walking carrying you in my thoughts, she wills her boy, so far away, to know she is coming When I Walk Through That Door, I Am is a call for our attention, for our compassion, for our energy in pursuit of democracy and of justice Jimmy Santiago Baca shines this light on America s downtrodden, and asks us to walk through their pain with them They don t see democracy s body on the barbwire, he writes Through this book we do Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Paperback, 88 pages Expected publication February 19th 2019 by Beacon Press More Details ISBN 0807059358 ISBN13 9780807059357 Other Editions 1 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Win a Copy of This Book When I Walk Through That Door, I Am An Immigrant Mothers Quest by Jimmy Santiago Baca Release date Feb 19, 2019 Enter for a chance to win 1 of 20 copies of Jimmy Santiago Baca s When I Walk Through That Door, I Am In this epic poem that speaks passionate Enter for a chance to win 1 of 20 copies of Jimmy Santiago Baca s When I Walk Through That Door, I Am In this epic poem that speaks passionately to our times and will open readers eyes to the true human stories around immigration a mother struggles to escape violence at home only to bravely face new horrors when she reaches the US border Enter Giveaway Format Print book

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    Lists with This Book This book is not yet featured on Listopia Add this book to your favorite list Community Reviews Showing 1 35 Rating details Sort Default Filter Nov 26, 2018 Bernie Gourley 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 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 could have been a persuasive call for change, and turns it into an angry rant To give a prime example, at one point early in the piece, the lead character has been gang raped four or five times over the course of two pages, by varied factions including US law enforcement officers Even if one were to accept the author s presumed premise that American federal law enforcement agents are morally equivalent to the gangs of the drug cartels a premise not likely to be accepted by the meaty middle of society , one is left to ignore the fact that female prisoners, once in custody, aren t left unsupervised with male guards I know the reader may say, but this is a technical detail in a fictitious narrative poem However, given the way the piece is presented discussed below , it reads like it s telling us a story that is meant to move us through the proposition that this is the world in which we live But once one reads one falsity, one is left wondering whether any part of the story is reflective of reality The idea that this woman is exploited by every male she comes into contact with, whether they are gang members or Immigration and Customs Enforcement ICE agents, has poetic merit It s pointing out that without legal status, she is in a perpetually vulnerable state Yet, it seems lazy and sensationalist to make all such exploitation rape When one morally equates gangs with agents of a democratic government, one isn t just saying that the individuals are equivalent, you are casting aspersions against the entire system of rule of law Because, of course, protections should be in place, and failing them the means to lodge complaints And I think most would argue that both are the case The bigger problem, one found throughout the political spectrum in the US, is that individuals vilify each other, pretending they are being persuasive, when in reality they are just deeply etching an us them divide By this I mean to say, one can t tell people how vile, despicable, and evil they are, and then expect them to see your perspective The narrative poem is delivered in a combination of free verse and poetic prose all of which verges largely on just plain prose That is to say, the emphasis is on telling a story and not so much on the usual core components of poetry, i.e sound, imagery, and metaphor Unless some of these fictitious elements, e.g the astounding number of rapes, are meant to be metaphorical Then my concern would be that one risks diminishing a horrible thing, if one throws around that word as metaphor This is a quick read, and, as I mentioned, it s presented in a gripping fashion if hyperbolicly so I suspect that it will be mostly read by a demographic determined along political lines, which is a shame It could have been so much flag Like see review Jan 11, 2019 Aryssa 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 thenthe other comparisons were better flag Like see review Dec 13, 2018 Carol Tilley rated it really liked it Shelves central america, justice, poetry, women 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 flag Like see review Diane Payne rated it liked it Dec 26, 2018 Crystal rated it liked it Dec 15, 2018 Melissa marked it as to read Nov 14, 2018 Katya Kazbek marked it as to read Nov 15, 2018 Angie Johnson marked it as to read Nov 15, 2018 Kelly marked it as to read Nov 29, 2018 Jennifer Jackson Berry marked it as to read Dec 19, 2018 Kate marked it as to read 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    1. 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 This [...]


    2. 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 thenthe other comparisons were better.


    3. 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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