- Paperback: 278 pages
- Publisher: City Lights Publishers; 1St Edition edition (November 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0872864626
- ISBN-13: 978-0872864627
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #442,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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187 Reasons Mexicanos Can't Cross the Border: Undocuments 1971-2007 Paperback – November 1, 2007
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My favorite writing mentor recommended this book as containing great list poems. Honestly, Herrera should be taught in more classes, read by more people...
Herrera goes beyond these borders and also captures the relations between the landinos and the indios of Mexico and the full America Latina. He goes out of his way to show us the differences, the similarities, and the life, that if we are not living are not aware of the difficulty that comes with it. Yet, this is not only a text full of sadness, pain and suffering, it is just as full of pride, loyalty, love, and acceptance. It is a modern day Tarzan call to all those who will hear, it is a cry that rings throughout the nations, a call that when read cannot be ignored, it is a cry mostly for truth, and justice. It is a call to be prideful of your heritage, to not give in to smoothing differences, to not change the way you appear to yourself or to the critics around you. In 187 Reasons Mexicanos Can't Cross the Border, Herrera displayed one thing with the loudest voice: injustice. He gave injustice a voice- a jagged, crunchy, palpable voice.
I did have a problem with understanding the work as I do not know Spanish and the work is filled with Mexican colloquialisms. I suppose the ones who can truly read and most enjoy this work are those fluent in English and Spanish and strongly identify with the Mexican- American community.
Herrera's poetry is shouted with an upraised fist at one moment, intoned with a somber brow the next. He has no illusions, but his best work is powered by a grand vision of the past and the future.
Some of the work is helped by a knowledge of Spanish, which I don't possess. Even so, I had no trouble being caught up in the sound and spirit of Herrera's writing.
We need more documentary poetry like this to capture the real history of this country, and of the peoples and cultures within it.