I have been part of The Raving Press‘ literary output for their past two publications, having published “Refugee” in Bad Hombres & Nasty Women, May 2017 (which Democracy Chronicles published both in Spanish & English), and “Helping with the Refugee Crisis in the Border” in Lost: Children of the River, February 2016.
The sonnets published in this latest anthology, Poets Facing The Wall, are called “Northward Bound / Hacia el norte”; they describe the anguish, fear, and yet hopeless hope of these women who travel searching for a better tomorrow. The entire book’s strength is centered in this immigrant struggle for our inalienable rights: about borders, about asylum seekers, about what it means to be undocumented. With this third book then, the Raving Press is becoming a powerhouse of this new literature of resistance.
Likewise, these same sonnets & photograph are also on exhibit in Manhattan for an art show to benefit the Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights (NMCIR) Art Exhibit that opened in October and will be up until December 8th, 2018. If you want to read about the art exhibit, and its parent organization, you can find out more through the organizer Ashley Causey-Golden and what she writes in her blog, including this article with a review of the exhibit.
This exhibit is presently ongoing at the Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights:
5030 Broadway (b/w 213th and 214th street), Suite 639
New York, NY 10034
Here is the book description for the entire publication “Poets Facing The Wall” you can pick up online today:
“Does the GREAT BORDER WALL looming on the U.S. border with Mexico reinforce the American ideal which says that people are ‘endowed by their creator with the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness…’? Or does THE WALL represent the death of the American experiment?
Poets from across America and the world come together in this anthology to address the meaning and the effects of building THE WALL. Perhaps the biggest, most impenetrable wall to be revealed is ultimately not the physical one between USA and Mexico, but the one inside us, preventing us from seeing our immigrant forefathers and mothers in the current immigrants and refugees on the southern border.”
Get a COPY OF THIS BOOK which will break the walls of division like a wrecking ball. This is the most exciting, powerful, and highly sophisticated publication by our press so far.