From Dirt Paths to Golden Streets
Poems of Immigrant Experiences
About the Book
The poems in this book are the personal stories of immigration to the United States, from the 19th Century to the early 21st Century. These poems are often in the voices of New Americans from many different cultures: African, Arab, Hungarian, Japanese, Korean, Mexican, Polish, Russian, and Vietnamese. The poems explore their reasons for immigration as well as the challenges and benefits of becoming American.
About the Author
Merle Fischlowitz is a second-generation American, but he has a long acquaintance with immigrants to the U.S. He is married to an immigrant, the father of an immigrant, and has maintained friendships with New American citizens from many lands. Merle has written poetry for over 50 years, and enjoys using poetic imagery and his knowledge of history to tell stories of New Americans.
Merle is a graduate of Grinnell College in History, and holds a doctorate in Counseling from St. Louis University. He had an extensive career in education and counseling, having lived in Missouri, Maryland, Hawaii and California.