Driving Without a License

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Pub Date: 05/10/2016

Pages: 100

Publisher: Alice James Books

Imprint: Alice James Books

ISBN 13: 9781938584183

ISBN 10: 193858418X

Price: $15.95 / $20.99 CAN

Category: POETRY / American / Asian American

Driving Without a License

By Janine Joseph

Price: $15.95

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About the Book

"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.

About the Book

This debut grapples with the secrecy of living undocumented in America, informing identity and a sense of belonging.

Author

Raised in the Philippines and California, Janine Joseph holds an MFA from New York University and a Ph.D. from the University of Houston. Her poems have appeared in 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.