After two years on the road as United States Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera reports back on his travels through contemporary America. Poems written in the heat of witness, and later, in quiet moments of reflection, coalesce into an urgent, trenchang, and yet hope filled portrait. The struggle and pain of those pushed to the edges, the injustices of our streets, the lethal border game that separates and divides, and then: a shift of register, a leap for peace and view onto the possibility of unity. Every Day We Get More Illegal is a jolt to the conscience-filled with the multiple powers of the many voices and many textures of every day in America.
“There is wisdom in this book, there is a choral voice that teaches us ‘to gain, pebble by pebble, seashell by seashell, the courage.’ The courage to find more grace, to find flames.” – Ilya Kaminsky, Author of Deaf Republic
“In ways subtle and sometimes proudly loud, this book makes it clear exactly why Juan Felipe Herrera continues to be recognized and sought after for his work. You hold in your hands evidence of who we really are.” – Jericho Brown, Author of The Tradition
“These poems talk directly to America, to migrant people, and to working people. Herrera has created a chorus to remind us we are alive and beautiful and powerful.” – José Olivarez, author of Citizen Illegal