I’m actually fairly excited for Ink Knows No Borders: Poems of the Immigrant and Refugee Experience by Patrice Vecchione and Alyssa Raymond. While poetry is not typically my thing, the subject matter that this book addresses is one that I consider exceedingly important. And while I can say I understand quite a lot about womens issues, I will admit that I’m not nearly as well versed in the issues of immigrants and refugees. And for that reason, I do genuinely see it as an important thing that I continue to educate myself on. And I think that this collection of poems is a great read to further that understanding. The poems are firsthand accounts from people who have gone through this experience. Unlike the last poetry collection that I featured on this blog, I’ve decided to add this particular one to my TBR and I look forward to giving it a read.
A poetry collection for young adults brings together some of the most compelling and vibrant voices today reflecting the experiences of teen immigrants and refugees.
With authenticity, integrity, and insight, this collection of poems from some of today’s most compelling voices addresses the many issues confronting first- and second- generation young adult immigrants and refugees, such as cultural and language differences, homesickness, social exclusion, human rights, racism, stereotyping, and questions of identity. Poems by Elizabeth Acevedo, Erika L. Sanchez, Bao Phi, Eduardo C. Corral, Chen Chen, Sholeh Wolpe, and a growing list of others encourage readers to honor their roots as well as explore new paths, and offers empathy and hope for those who are struggling to overcome discrimination. Many of the struggles immigrant and refugee teens face head-on are also experienced by young people everywhere as they contend with isolation, self-doubt, confusion, and emotional dislocation.
Ink Knows No Borders is the first book of its kind and features approximately 60 poems and an introduction, a bibliography of recommended titles, a resource list of poetry organizations, and brief biographies of the poets. It’s a hopeful and beautiful and meaningful book for any reader.
How do you feel about Ink Knows No Borders? Do you think you’d like to read this book? Is poetry something you’re interested in? Do you feel like you’ll probably pass on this collection? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments! And happy reading, everyone!