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Intergalactic Travels: poems from a fugitive alien

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‘Intergalactic Travels: poems from a fugitive alien’ is a poetry memoir that takes up the intersections of Indigeneity, Blackness, queerness and migration as it relates to U.S. federal immigration law. The book pushes the boundaries of an “undocumented immigrant narrative” via the poet’s refusal to belong to United Statian society and the refusal of a structured poetics.

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Alan Pelaez Lopez

Alan Pelaez Lopez is an Afro-Indigenous poet, collage, installation and adornment artist from Oaxaca, México. Their poetry has been nominated for the “Pushcart Prize” and “Best of the Net,” and appears in POETRY, Puerto del Sol, Best American Experimental Writing, Everyday Feminism, Rewire News & elsewhere. They work, ache, cry, laugh, cook and make love in Chochenyo Ohlone land. http://alanpelaez.com

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‘Intergalactic Travels: poems from a fugitive alien’ is a poetry memoir that takes up the intersections of Indigeneity, Blackness, queerness and migration as it relates to U.S. federal immigration law. The book pushes the boundaries of an “undocumented immigrant narrative” via the poet’s refusal to belong to United Statian society and the refusal of a structured poetics. In fact, the chaotic geographies of the manuscript (collages + photographs + emails + negative space) formulate theories of fugitivity that position the transAtlantic slave trade and Indigenous dispossession as root causes of undocumented immigration. In this refusal of national belonging and form, the book asks for a critical kinship that the law can never account for, and thus, Pelaez Lopez negotiates legal status for new imaginaries of care. As a whole, the manuscript asks: “what does it mean that a descendant of enslaved Africans becomes an illegal alien in the same continent that subjugated their ancestors to chattel slavery?” Furthermore, “can an Indigenous subject of this continent be considered ‘illegal’ in the continent of their ancestors?”

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