Adrienne Jansen and carina gallegos
Landing Press, 2018
In All of Us, Adrienne Jansen and carina gallegos use poems and short prose to weave together the vibrant, expansive, and sometimes heart-wrenching stories of immigrants and people from refugee background in New Zealand today.
Drawing on their time spent with immigrant and refugee communities, their words delicately lift the veil that separates us, providing a moving exploration of the refugee and immigrant experience. All of Us is a timely reminder of the humanity that perseveres at the core of this global debate.
In this collection, Adrienne has been joined by exciting new writer carina gallegos. carina has a background in journalism and development studies. She grew up in Costa Rica, moved to New Zealand thirteen years ago, and has worked with refugee-background communities since 2011. She lives in Wellington with her family.
Jansen and gallegos’s poem-stories of new lives in Aotearoa New Zealand are hard-edged and at the same time tender. Maybe this new land will slowly become a home? Maybe mud and stones and spirits from the past will never let that happen? Maybe we will never let that happen? There are no easy answers here, but All of Us lets us listen to the human heart, beating. – Lynn Jenner
Available from Landing Press and good New Zealand bookstores.
Longlisted for the Ockham NZ Book Awards, poetry, 2019.
See the video of the title poem from the collection here.
All of Us: the video
Landing Press is a small cooperative press based in Wellington. It focuses mainly, but not entirely, on poetry that many people can enjoy.