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To the North/Al norte: Poems
by Leon Salvatierra
University of Nevada Press, 2022
Paper: 978-1-64779-061-5 | eISBN: 978-1-64779-062-2
Library of Congress Classification PQ7079.3.S256A7913 2022
Dewey Decimal Classification 861.7

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
To the North/Al norte by the Nicaraguan poet León Salvatierra is rooted in the Central American diaspora that emerged from the civil wars in the 1980s. The poems are tied together through the experiences, memories, visions, and dreams of a 15-year-old boy who embarked on a journey to the United States with a group of forty other migrants from Central America. After being undocumented for eleven years, Salvatierra established himself in the United States, first becoming a naturalized citizen and then obtaining a university education. 

Salvatierra mixes lyrical and prose poems to explore the experience of exile in a new country. His powerful metaphors and fresh images inhabit spaces fraught with the violence, anxiety, and vulnerability that undocumented Central American migrants commonly face in their transnational journey. His vivid memories of Nicaragua tie the personal experiences of his poetic subjects with the geopolitical history between the Central American region and the United States.

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