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Immigration: Poems for Kids


December 15, 2016


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The following poems explore the themes of immigration and heritage and are appropriate for young people.

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"Translation for Mamá" by Richard Blanco
What I've written for you, I have always written...
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"A Way of Seeing" by Kwame Dawes
It all comes from this dark dirt...

"We All Return to the Place Where We Were Born" by Oscar Gonzales
What remains of my childhood...
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"breaking away to the u.s." by José B. González

Before Your Arrival” by Ellen Hagan
the ones who brought your father here, come.. Bring…

"Everyday We Get More Illegal" by Juan Felipe Herrera
Yet the peach tree...
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Veterans of Foreign Wars” by Edward Hirsch
Let’s not forget the General…

"The New Colossus" by Emma Lazarus
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame...

"I Ask My Mother to Sing" by Li-Young Lee
She begins, and my grandmother joins her...
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Amphibians” by Joseph O. Legaspi
Amphibians live in both…
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"Maps" by Yesenia Montilla
Some maps have blue borders...
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"Old Arrivals" by Galway Kinnell
Molded in verdigris...

"The Great Migration" by Minnie Bruce Pratt
The third question in Spanish class is: De donde eres tú?...
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"The Border: A Double Sonnet" by Alberto Ríos
The border is a line that birds cannot see...

The Buttonhook” by Mary Jo Salter
President Roosevelt, touring Ellis Island…
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"Peaches" by Adrienne Su
A crate of peaches straight from the farm...
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"Citizenship" by Javier Zamora
it was clear they were hungry...

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