Driving without a license

by Joseph, Janine,

Format: Print Book 2016
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction PS3610.O6688 A6 2016
Location  CLP - Main Library
 
Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
 
Call Number  PS3610.O6688 A6 2016
 
 
Summary

"Janine Joseph writes with an open and easy intimacy. The language here is at once disruptive and familiar, political and sensual, and tinged by the melancholy of loss and the discomforting radiance of redemption. A strong debut." --Chris Abani

The best way to hide is in plain sight. In this politically-charged and candid debut, we follow the chronicles of an undocumented immigrant speaker over a twenty-year span as she grows up in the foreign and forbidding landscape of America.

From "Ivan, Always Hiding":

I strained for the socket
as you pulled me,
my bare legs against your legs

in the windowless dark. The room,
snuffed out,

could have been no
larger than a freight car,
no smaller than a box van;

we couldn't tell anymore, the glints
in the shellacked floor, too,

were dulled. This is like death, you said,
always joking. I slid my head
into the crook of your neck,

and didn't disagree.

Raised in the Philippines and California, Janine Joseph holds an MFA from New York University and a PhD from the University of Houston. Her poems have appeared in the Kenyon Review Online , Best New Poets , Hayden's Ferry Review , and elsewhere. Her libretto "From My Mother's Mother" was performed as part of the Houston Grand Opera's "Song of Houston: East + West" series. A Kundiman and Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow, she is an assistant professor of English at Weber State University.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "An undocumented Filipina-American discovers present-day California, teen culture, car culture, prejudice, love, blue-collar and white-collar work, and marriage in Joseph's absorbing, detailed, and timely debut. Joseph's governing figure, the automobile, connects her straightforward narratives to other, more elaborate, poetic goals. She vividly renders the tactics and the fears of immigrant families who live in fear of the law ("I hear they raid when you're naked/ in bed Packed like a sardine") and juxtaposes kids trying not to get deported with others trying to purchase alcohol: "I held up my wallet// with its empty slot. See./ What good is it then, they said// to be legal?" Joseph animates scenes from the Phillipines and older relatives' tropical memories, though her dynamism emerges most in poems about cars, dating, road trips, and car repair. A sonnet crown about a marriage juxtaposes traditional celebration with the new couple's practical difficulties: "Choosing to know nothing about the heart/ means sorting our mail and leaving." Through her variety of lines, of old and new forms, and of voices adopted and inhabited, Joseph, herself Filipina-American, does justice to the raw emotions around immigration with verve: "my child// will be called an anchor/ with hands at its throat." (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Immigrants -- United States -- Poetry.
Poetry.
Publisher Farmington, Maine :2016
Other Titles Poems.
Language English
Description 74 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9781938584183
193858418X
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