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Explore the Depths of 'Home' and 'Belonging' with Alejandro Jimenez
Dive into the pages of Alejandro Jimenez's debut collection, where poetry becomes a vessel for profound introspection, and the concept of 'home' is explored with depth, grace, and a keen understanding of the human soul. This collection is a celebration of the human spirit in all its complexities. Alejandro’s poems are an ode to resilience, vulnerability, the remarkable journey of self-discovery, and the universal quest for belonging. THERE WILL DAYS, BROWN BOY invites readers to explore the emotional terrain where roots intertwine with the longing for a place to call one's own.
Poetry. Literary Nonfiction. Family & Relationships. Latinx Studies.
“Out of the gate, Alejandro Jiménez's poems emerge as protest, as song, as dance, as tenderness and as reclamation of body and place. ‘Take my eyes,’ Alejandro writes. ‘Sew them onto the sun.’ These are poems that celebrate, chant, and ask, ‘Why continue to fight if we do not celebrate our victories?’ They do not flinch. They grieve. They remind us: ‘No sorrow is everlasting’ even when ‘the warmth of someone's arms / will feel undeserving.’ I am floored by this poet's quick wit, sharp turns, and ability to pay homage to the people and places that love us. THERE WILL BE DAYS, BROWN BOY is necessary reading, and we are lucky for Jiménez's voice.” – Noor Hindi, author of Dear God. Dear Bones. Dear Yellow. Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow.
“Memory is a tether. A sacred rope. And with THERE WILL BE DAYS, BROWN BOY, Alejandro has allowed memory to have a dance. And in so doing, he conjures and confesses and runs toward himself and a future that knows how to honor what is ahead by remembering what is behind.” – Dominique Christina, 2x Women of the World Slam Champion, National Poetry Champion, National Poetry Series winner.
“THERE WILL BE DAYS, BROWN BOY is a collection of enveloping tenderness. Expansive both in language and image, but also in care. There's a warmth here that radiates beyond the page.” – Hanif Abdurraqib, New York Times best-selling author and MacArthur Fellow
“In the necessary collection of poetry that is THERE WILL BE DAYS, BROWN BOY Alejandro Jiménez tells us that in each day, there will be room for poetry. Alejandro writes with tenderness and the precise language of a surgeon dissecting the human heart as he challenges institutions, traditions, and ourselves as we seek what gets lost in languages and migration. He has provided a canvas for anyone seeking to paint themselves into a home that looks like them and feels like what’s been taken. The virtuous Jiménez invites Brown Boys and those of us who love them to rebuild, rejoice and reemerge in all our glory.” – Yesika Salgado, author of Corazón published by Not A Cult
ALEJANDRO JIMENEZ is a formerly-undocumented immigrant, poet, writer, and educator from Colima, México, living in New Mexico. He is the 2021 Mexican National Poetry Slam Champion, a two-time National Poetry Slam Semi-Finalist (US), multiple time TEDx Speaker/Performer, and regional Emmy-nominated poet. In 2022, he was featured in TIME Magazine as one of 80 Mexican artists shaping contemporary Mexican culture. His work centers and touches on cultural identity, immigrant narratives, masculinity, memory, and the intersections of them all. He is a TIN HOUSE Writers Workshop participant. His work has appeared in The Acentos Review, The Latino Book Review, Yellowscene, As/Us Journal, Rethinking Schools, and other publications. He has also been featured in Radar2021, Telemundo, NBCUniversal and Tracksmith. His self-published book, Moreno.Prieto. Brown. (2017), has sold over 3,000 copies and has been incorporated in curricula across various school districts.