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 at 45: Poetry reading co-sponsored by the Poetry Foundation
A poetry reading featuring Nick Flynn (I Will Destroy You), Carmen Giménez Smith (Be Recorder), Erika L. Sánchez (Lessons on Expulsion), Diane Seuss (Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl), and Tom Sleigh (House of Fact, House of Ruin). Co-sponsored by and hosted at the Poetry Foundation.
Free and open to the public, with reception to follow.
- “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