Magazine article U.S. Catholic

When I Walk through That Door, I Am

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

When I Walk through That Door, I Am

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WHEN I WALK THROUGH THAT DOOR, I AM

by Jimmy Santiago Baca (Beacon Press, 2019)

We are drowning in a sea of words about immigration. From tweets to talking heads, op-eds to Facebook rants, the volume is staggering. But what if the way to get to the heart of this issue is by using fewer words instead of more?

Enter the poet Jimmy Santiago Baca. In his lean narrative poem When I Walk Through That Door, I Am, Baca chooses words with great skill and care to humanize a polarizing issue. His poem allows us to see beyond the headlines and hear beyond the noise. It's absolutely impossible to wrap our minds completely around what's happening at our southern border, but we can listen and learn from a single story.

Baca's poem is about a woman named Sophia who flees El Salvador after the murder of her husband and goes north with her young son seeking asylum. …

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