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“Though aimed at teens, this vivid, vital collection … should find a ready audience with adults as well…. With bravura and hard-won insight, these poems explore identity, survival and home from first- and second-generation perspectives, offering a multiplicity of impressions and memories.” —Mary Quattlebaum, Washington Post

“I was moved again and again by the poems in this brave, beautiful and necessary collection. I found echoes of myself in many of the pieces, and I know so many young immigrants and Americans will find themselves, too. But it goes beyond that. I wish this book would be taught in homogenous communities, too, so readers with little understanding of immigration will have the chance to see its humanity. This is the most important book we will read this year.” —Matt de la Peña, NY Times bestselling and Newbery Award winning author

*”Poems as piercing and reflective as the shards of a shattered mirror offer stunning glimpses into the lives and experiences of immigrants and refugees. Sixty-four pieces (many previously published) in a variety of forms capture an outcry of voices mourning loss, celebrating survival, breaking and remaking self and home.” The Horn Book, starred review

“This symphony of poetry is a necessary series of bruises and balms that will comfort those who have endured, uplift those who continue to struggle, and educate others.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“An urgent and timely new poetry collection.” —Nina McLaughlin, Boston Globe

“Vecchione and Raymond have gathered 64 poets from all over the world, their poetic voices as diverse as their experiences. Yet, they hold one element in common: a belief in dignity as an essential human right. … these stories should resonate with youth who feel life deeply.” Booklist

“This piercing poetry collection’s sixty-four pieces (many previously published) in a variety of forms mourn loss, celebrate survival, and explore breaking and remaking self and home. The poets—immigrants and refugees themselves, or from immigrant households—tackle topics including racism, displacement, assimilation, and resilience. The contributors all offer timely, culturally specific frames for the universal struggle of growing into oneself. Appended with brief poet biographies.”The Horn Book, recommended titles for 2019

“An intricate, hard-won tapestry of poetic experience, with density best suited to thoughtful browsing or individual readalouds rather than reading straight through but with many resonant poems that will strike a chord either of recognition or realization with young readers.” Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“We are a nation of immigrants, but as we grow further away from our roots we tend to forget. These poems help us to reconnect to both negative states (poverty, separation-anxiety, fear of the unknown etc.) and new opportunities and challenges.” Wicked Local

Table Of Contents

Editors’ Note 
Patrice Vecchione and Alyssa Raymond

Javier Zamora

Departure: July 30, 1984 
Joseph O. Legaspi

Lena Khalaf Tuffaha

First Light 
Chen Chen

Origin / Adoption 
Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello

Dear America 
Sholeh Wolpé

Second Attempt Crossing 
Javier Zamora

Bent to the Earth 
Blas Manuel De Luna

A Hymn to Childhood 
Li-Young Lee

Immigrant Aria 
Rajiv Mohabir

On Being American
Samira Ahmed

Hala Alyan

On Listening to Your Teacher Take Attendance
Aimee Nezhukumatathil

The Break-In 
Hafizah Geter

JoAnn Balingit

Extended Stay America 
Janine Joseph

Choi Jeong Min
Franny Choi

Muslim Girlhood
Leila Chatti

Michelle Brittan Rosado

Master Film 
Solmaz Sharif

The Key 
Ladan Osman

Ode to the Heart 
Ellen Bass

The Sign in My Father’s Hands 
Martín Espada

History Lesson 
Jeff Coomer

My Father Takes to the Road 
Jeff Tagami

My Grandmother Washes Her Feet in the Sink of the Bathroom at Sears 
Mohja Kahf

Frank’s Nursery and Crafts 
Bao Phi

In Colorado My Father Scoured and Stacked Dishes 
Eduardo C. Corral

Learning to Pray 
Kaveh Akbar

Jenny Xie

East Mountain View
Paul Tran

Tarfia Faizullah

Tater Tot Hot-Dish 
Hieu Minh Nguyen

Carlos Andrés Gómez

Off-Island Chamorros 
Craig Santos Perez

A New National Anthem
Ada Limón

Portrait of Isako in Wartime 
Mia Ayumi Malhotra

Kristin Chang

The Poet at Fifteen 
Erika L. Sánchez

Someday I’ll Love Ocean Vuong 
Ocean Vuong

ode to the first white girl i ever loved 
José Olivarez

Talks about Race 
Mahtem Shiferraw

Emtithal Mahmoud

Cathy Linh Che

When the Man at the Party Said He Wanted to Own a Filipino 
Marianne Chan

Ode to Enclaves 
Chrysanthemum Tran

Ethnic Studies 
Terisa Siagatonu

The Day I Realized We Were Black 
Yesenia Montilla

quaking conversation 
Lenelle Moïse

Elizabeth Acevedo

The Border: A Double Sonnet 
Alberto Ríos

Las Casas Across Nations 
Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs

Mexicans Begin Jogging 
Gary Soto

Field Guide Ending in a Deportation 
Marcelo Hernandez Castillo

I Used to Be Much Much Darker 
Francisco X. Alarcón

A Habitable Grief 
Eavan Boland

Gala Mukomolova

Alice Tao

Author’s Prayer
Ilya Kaminsky

Game Of Thrones
Fatimah Asghar

Oh, Daughter
Monica Sok

Brian Bilston

Safiya Sinclair

Undocumented Joy
Yosimar Reyes

self-portrait with no flag
Safia Elhillo

Emtithal Mahmoud


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