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Unaccompanied

by Javier Zamora

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Unaccompanied by Javier Zamora
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  • Published in USA  Sep 2017
    88 pages
    Genre: Poetry

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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."

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.

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

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

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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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