Lessons on Expulsion
- “Lush and formidable.”—The New York Times Book Review
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”
Graywolf Poetry Tour at the Bryant Park Reading Room
The Graywolf Poetry Tour showcases Graywolf poets reading together around the country. Join us for an outstanding event featuring Saskia Hamilton, Matthea Harvey, Erika L. Sánchez, and Susan Stewart on August 14 at the Bryant Park Reading Room.
The Bryant Park Reading Room hosts emerging and established poets throughout the summer with evening readings. Sit under the park's London Plane trees and listen to the artists read their own work.
- “In lusty verse that startles and caresses, the author—whose parents traveled from Mexico to raise her in Illinois—vivifies the complexities of the immigrant experience.” —O, the Oprah Magazine
- “[A] fierce, assertive debut.”—The Washington Post
- “Lessons on Expulsion combines stories of immigration with those of sexual empowerment against a backdrop of surrealist and folkloric dreamscapes. . . . Dynamic poems.”—St. Louis Post-Dispatch
- Finalist for the 2018 PEN Open Book Award
Named a Best Book of 2017 by The Brooklyn Rail and Vol. 1 Brooklyn