187 Reasons Mexicanos Can't Cross the Border: Undocuments 1971-2007

187 Reasons Mexicanos Can't Cross the Border: Undocuments 1971-2007

by Juan Felipe Herrera
     
 

A hybrid collection of texts written and performed on the road, from Mexico City to San Francisco, from Central America to central California, illustrated throughout with photos and artwork. Rants, manifestos, newspaper cutups, street theater, anti-lectures, love poems, and riffs tell the story of what it’s like to live outlaw and brown in the United

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A hybrid collection of texts written and performed on the road, from Mexico City to San Francisco, from Central America to central California, illustrated throughout with photos and artwork. Rants, manifestos, newspaper cutups, street theater, anti-lectures, love poems, and riffs tell the story of what it’s like to live outlaw and brown in the United States.

Juan Felipe Herrera is a professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside. The author of twenty-one books, he is also a community arts leader and a dynamic performer and actor. He is the son of Mexican immigrants and grew up in the migrant fields of California.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

"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 Costco...You 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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780872864627
Publisher:
City Lights Books
Publication date:
11/01/2007
Pages:
278
Sales rank:
435,418
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.10(d)

What People are saying about this

Stephanie Elizondo Griest
"Herrera's searing laments and soulful riffs don't just electrify. They Mexify."--(Stephanie Elizondo Griest, author of Around the Bloc)
Sesshu Foster
"Aware, phosphorescent and immediate, this is language brilliantly engaged."--(Sesshu Foster, author of Atomik Aztek)
Devorah Major
"Some of the strongest poetry, memoir, satire, and theater that you will find in one book."
Jack Hirschman
"A major generational work by a brilliant practitioner of the art of living the word."--(Jack Hirschman, SF poet laureate)
Tom Lutz
"[Herrera] is the eternal teen poet, the timeless Beat, the premodern postmodern."

Meet the Author


JF Herrera has received numerous awards and fellowships The author of 21 books, including fourteen collections of poetry, prose, short stories, young adult novels and children's book, he is also a community arts leader, working with at-risk youth and migrant communities. He is also a dynamic performer and actor who has appeared on stage and in film.

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