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September 15, 2022

#Hispanic Heritage Month Javier Zamora

by N@ncy

Sonoran desert, Mexico that 9 yr old Javier crossed alone.



Unaccompanied by Javier Zamora by Javier Zamora Javier Zamora

Finish date: 02 June 2022
Genre: poems
Rating: A+++
Review: Unaccompanied (ISBN: 9781556595110)


  1. In the U.S., it’s time once again for National Hispanic Heritage Month,
  2. which runs annually from September 15 through October 15.
  3. #HispanicHeritageMonth


Good news:
1. Zamora details his experience emigrating from El Salvador to the U.S. at age nine… a heartbreaking account of leaving behind the grandmother who raised him to join parents he barely remembered.
2. 1990 – Javier born in La Herradura El Salvador.
3. 1992 – father flees El Sal b/c of Civil war.
4. 1995 – mother follows husband to USA
5. 1995 – 1999 – granny (abuelita) raises Javier
6. 1999 – 9 yr old Javier follows a 9 week odyssey to USA….alone.

These poems in free verse are the basis for Zamora’s new memoir “Solito” forthcoming on 06 September 2022.

JZ earned BA University of Calif Berkley
JZ earned MFA at New York University
JZ received Wallace Stegner Fellow 2016-2018 at Stanford University


Good news: The book still lingers in my mind after finishing it yesterday. That is always a good sign!


Good news: Very impressed by Javier’s journey and how he has studied in USA to reach literary success! There must have been many great teachers guiding him in middle and high-school!


Bad news: The book (94 pg) is divided in four parts. Parts 1,3 and 4 are very good. But part 2 deflates like a cold soufflé. There was NO connection with these 10 poems…too cryptic . Sometimes poems in a collection are selected from various time periods in a poet’s life.
It felt that Javier Zamora was in a different place when he wrote these poems. Probably only he can tell me what they meant…I could not figure it out.


Good news: 45 short poems and I loved 31! (69%) 8 poems were EXCELLENT…and I must re-read them today.


Personal: When you read about the immigrant journey in literature (novels, poems, memoirs) you get a different perspective about people and their struggle for a better life. Cable news in USA only wants to demonize them.
Please, if you find this book in the Kindle store, paperback, library…take the time to read these poems in free verse. Just read it as a story and before you know it…3 hours of your reading time was well spent!

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