Niño Inmigrante transports us from the forests of Guatemala to the
US-border to a California jail cell where poetry begins to shine and
oh does it shine. Ubaldo Teque, Jr., is a living testament that ink and
paper is all that’s needed to turn words into beauty. This book sings.
—Javier Zamora, author of Unaccompanied
In his collection, Ubaldo Teque, Jr., takes us on a journey that
navigates solitude, regret, and wants of the incarcerated. He writes of
family memories that bring us to the ancestors and to lush,
Guatemalan childhoods. Niño Inmigrante is a reminder that poetry
can save our lives and lead us toward a healing, written in the
darkness and with a cleansing, blazing light.
—Juan J. Morales, author of The Handyman’s Guide to End Times
Could Rainer Maria Rilke in 1903 have imagined Ubaldo Teque, Jr.,’s
life when he wrote in his Letters to a Young Poet: “Dear Sir, love your
solitude and try to sing out with the pain it causes you… In the
deepest hour of the night, confess to yourself that you would die if
you were forbidden to write”?! No, Rilke was not thinking of the
wrenching journeys of pain and solitude of a life like Mr. Teque’s.
And yet there it joyously is in this book, the Rilkean ecstatic: the
reclamation of the uninjured heart.
—Ken Weisner, author of Anything on Earth and Cricket to Star