Dreaming America: Voices of Undocumented Youth in Maximum Security Detention
“ . . . the book you wish would never have to be written. . . the book you’re grateful has been guided into print.” — Grace Cavalieri, Washington Independent Review of Books
Dreaming America editor Seth Michelson discusses the book, the children and their words. On ABC tv.
Edited by SETH MICHELSON Preface by JIMMY SANTIAGO BACA
Dreaming America: Voices of Undocumented Youth in Maximum-Security Detention is a bi-lingual anthology of poetry, selected by the poet Seth Michelson from writing workshops he has conducted in the most restrictive detention center for undocumented, unaccompanied youth in the U.S. Because they are deemed " stateless people," by federal law these children are not entitled to legal representation. In an effort to secure their legal defense, profits from sales of the book will be donated directly to a legal defense fund for them.
As Sunrise Becomes the World "is neither a collection of poems, nor a re-issuing. It is not a simple selection or a sampling . . . [but] a whole and new thing unto itself. I have read few books like it, with its scope and with its length of vision. . . . As Sunrise Becomes The World seems to me a remarkable achievement. It has done for me what great books do: it has changed the way I consider my life.”
—from the preface by Edward Haworth Hoeppner
Come the winter rains and the house not yet snared in evergreen,
under the sky of loblolly and water oaks wet and swaying,
down the cracks in the sidewalk and around into the parking lot,
Impalas and Fairlanes, lights on bright,
wipers sopping their fogged windshields,
out of school these December days before Christmas,
it is 1960. I am here with a wet list in my pants’ pocket,
Catherine Jagoe is the winner of the Edna Meudt Poetry Book Award for her collection of poems Bloodroot. The award is sponsored annually by the Council for Wisconsin Writers and carries a $500 prize. To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the Madison (Wisconsin) Chamber Choir has commissioned a new piece from the composer Jasper Sussman based on Catherine's poem "Dog on the Median of the Kennedy Expressway, Chicago." The piece will be performed in May. /// Grace Cavalieri reviews As Sunrise Becomes the World: A Trilogy in The Washington Independent Review of Books. /// Link to Alicia Partnoy's Ted-X talk in San Diego. /// Flowering Fires/ Fuegos Florales is one of three finalists in the category of Best Cover Design from the 2016 International Latino Book Awards. The book's designer, Renata Salazar-Costa, also designed the cover of As Sunrise Becomes the World. /// Peter Waldor’s poem “Old Light,” from his bookThe Unattended Harp, was an end-of-the-year poem-of-the-day selection of Poetry Daily. .
King Philip's War is an epic poem about King Philip, sachem of the Wampanoag Indian nation. One of the bloodiest wars in American history (1675-78), it ended a period of peaceful coexistence with the British settlers and led to attacks on half the towns in Puritan New England and to the annihilation of the New England Algonquians. "This is an important book."—Philip Levine Read the Interview
The following conversation between poets Louie Skipper and Dennis Sampson took place in the fall of 1998 at Sweet Briar College in Amherst, Virginia, where Sampson was the Margaret Bannister Writer in Residence. The core of this discussion is Skipper’s sensibility as evident in his poetry and, more specifically, its expression in Skipper’s first full length collection of poems...watch the interview