187 reasons mexicanos can't cross the border : undocuments, 1971-2007 /

Main Author: Herrera, Juan Felipe.
Format: Book
Language: English
Spanish
Published: San Francisco : City Lights, c2007.
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Review by Library Journal Review

"You build the fence we climb the fence/ You hammer it up we rock it down/ You draw the line we erase the line." As the debate over immigration policy burns hotter and Americans across the nation are brought into the discussion, artist/activist Herrera provides a fresh, smart, and witty perspective on this human rights issue through this collection of his poetry and prose. Herrera is well known for his more than 30 years of public readings and performances and has been a major voice of witness and conscience in the Chicano community, asserting its dreams and decrying its nightmares. Essentially a manifesto, these writings are first and foremost maps to a safe place, ways across various and dubious borders, epic journeys that include descents into hell. Herrera goes beyond the easy rhetoric and self-righteous passions, giving us what are, in fact, affirmations--or momentary stays against the confusion: "You play baseball we play baseball/ You watch Oprah we watch Oprah/ You shop at Costco we shop at CostcoYou have a family we have a familia." Vital for any Chicano or immigration collection, this would be an asset to contemporary literature collections as well. Highly recommended.--Louis McKee, Painted Bride Arts Ctr., Philadelphia (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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