Lessons on Expulsion by Erika L. Sánchez

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The first time I ever came the light was weak and carnivorous.

I covered my eyes and the night cleared its dumb throat.

I heard my mother wringing her hands the next morning.

Of course I put my underwear on backwards, of course the elastic didn't work.

What I wanted most at that moment was a sandwich.

But I just nursed on this leather whip.

I just splattered my sheets with my sadness.

—from “Poem of My Humiliations”

“What is life but a cross / over rotten water?” Poet, novelist, and essayist Erika L. Sánchez’s powerful debut poetry collection explores what it means to live on both sides of the border—the border between countries, languages, despair and possibility, and the living and the dead. Sánchez tells her own story as the daughter of undocumented Mexican immigrants and as part of a family steeped in faith, work, grief, and expectations. The poems confront sex, shame, race, and an America roiling with xenophobia, violence, and laws of suspicion and suppression. With candor and urgency, and with the unblinking eyes of a journalist, Sánchez roves from the individual life into the lives of sex workers, narco-traffickers, factory laborers, artists, and lovers. What emerges is a powerful, multifaceted portrait of survival. Lessons on Expulsion is the first book by a vibrant, essential new writer now breaking into the national literary landscape.

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ISBN : 1555977782
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 96 pages


Ellie rated it ★★★★★

December 27, 2017

A moving, often sad, collection of poems. Erika Sanchez is the daughter of Mexican immigrants and her poems are filled with their struggles and her own. Her feeling like she has failed to be their ideal daughter. Sex and its pleasures and its failures. Suicide attempts and mass murders in Brazil a...

Erica rated it ★★★★★

April 07, 2017

Startling, assertive, wild, & wonderful. One of my favorite collections so far this year.

Jonathan rated it ★★★☆☆

July 30, 2017

While the collection of poems is well-written, it returns to the same well, over and over again, throughout. If a poem isn't about the debasement of sex (in general), it has to use either "Shit" or "Excrement" as a metaphor. Overall, the poems weren't my cup of tea. A lot of were ugly and/or unpl...

Jim rated it ★★★★★

June 30, 2017

One of those collections where it feels like sparks flying from the author's brain to yours.

Karen rated it ★★★☆☆

November 05, 2017


CAG_1337 rated it ★☆☆☆☆

July 09, 2017

What's all the fuss about this collection for? These days it seems all it takes to be hailed as a poet is to string together some dark imagery from your deeply dysfunctional life (bonus points if you are from one marginalized group or another so that middle America can be delightfully shocked and...

Renae Pérez rated it ★★★★★

November 17, 2017

Poetry, poetry. Always something I’m either really into or something I’m completely indifferent toward. Erika L. Sánchez’s debut collection, Lessons on Expulsion is one I’m absolutely, without a doubt, very, very into. This is the kind of poetry I like: dark, a little despairing, very honest, sup...

Christie rated it ★★★★★

November 09, 2017

Excellent collection of poetry - I've been excited to read it since seeing it advertised on Graywolf's Instagram. Sánchez is real, honest, and unforgiving in her accounts of cultural identity, sexual awakening, and personal struggles. The poems crackle with language and images as authentic as the...

A E rated it ★★★★★

January 28, 2018

From the very first poem--wow! I can't find anything to complain about when it comes to this chapbook. It had me looking crazy in public because I was kicking, squealing, crying, pulling my hair out and more. This is a fine example of how a chapbook should be. Lingering. A new favorite and I look...

Patti rated it ★★★★☆

January 14, 2018

A debut book of poetry from 2017, Sanchez has exploded onto the scene. She writes with a lyrical toughness and raw energy that brings each poem right into your face. A feminist perspective on immigration, migrants, misogyny, love and sex, and the violent underworld of Mexico. She takes on a lot and...

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