Others Will Enter the Gates

‘I lift my lamp beside the golden door!’ – Emma Lazarus, 1883

Review by Grady Harp

The editor of this impressive collection of works by immigrant poets is Abayomi Animashaun, a Nigerian émigré whose poems have appeared in such journals as 5A.M., African American Review, Southern Indiana Review, Diode, The Adirondack Review, The Drunken Boat, and The Cortland Review. He is the author of two poetry collections published by Black Lawrence Press, THE GIVING OF PEARS (2010), winner of the 2008 Hudson Prize, and SAILING FOR ITHACA (2014). He teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Knowing well the works of many of these poets (e.g., Jee Leong Koh, Ocean Vuong, Lisa Birwan and others), this book is particularly fascinating. Continue reading