Unaccompanied

Unaccompanied

by Javier Zamora

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Overview

"Every line resonates with a wind that crosses oceans."—Jamaal May

"Zamora's work is real life turned into myth and myth made real life." —Glappitnova

Javier Zamora was nine years old when he traveled unaccompanied 4,000 miles, across multiple borders, from El Salvador to the United States to be reunited with his parents. This dramatic and hope-filled poetry debut humanizes the highly charged and polarizing rhetoric of border-crossing; assesses borderland politics, race, and immigration on a profoundly personal level; and simultaneously remembers and imagines a birth country that's been left behind.

Through an unflinching gaze, plainspoken diction, and a combination of Spanish and English, Unaccompanied crosses rugged terrain where families are lost and reunited, coyotes lead migrants astray, and "the thin white man let us drink from a hose / while pointing his shotgun."

From "Let Me Try Again":

He knew we weren't Mexican.
He must've remembered his family coming over the border, or the border coming over them, because he drove us to the border and told us next time, rest at least five days, don't trust anyone calling themselves coyotes, bring more tortillas, sardines,
Alhambra. He knew we would try again.
And again—like everyone does.

Javier Zamora was born in El Salvador and immigrated to the United States at the age of nine. He earned a BA at UC-Berkeley, an MFA at New York University, and is a 2016–2018 Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781556595110
Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
Publication date: 09/05/2017
Pages: 88
Sales rank: 338,584
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Javier Zamora: Javier Zamora was born in El Salvador and immigrated to the U.S. at the age of nine. He earned a BA at UC-Berkeley and an MFA at New York University and is a 2016-2018 Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.

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