Navigating the Streets in the Land of Opportunity

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Merle Fischlowitz’s New Book of poems portrays the personal stories of immigrants new to America

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Through his book of poetry “From Dirt Paths to Golden Streets: Poems of Immigrant Experiences” (published by AuthorHouse), poet Merle Fischlowitz tells the personal stories of immigrants living in the United States from the 19th century to the early 21st century. As the book’s title implies, the poems depict the golden opportunities sought after by immigrants moving to America. Told through the perspective of immigrants from across the globe, from Mexico to Hungary to Japan, the stories also explore the challenging adjustments of living in a new land.

Some poems in “From Dirt Paths to Golden Streets,” written between 1962 to 2009, are fiction while other tales are derived from the real history of Fischlowitz’ friends and family and from current news stories as an example.

“SOMALIA IN SAN DIEGO”

“Bronze whiskers mark proud contrast
to his black skin. Graying hair is hid
beneath a figured fez, as ornate
as ancient Sheba’s palaces.
He sits at the desk of his twelve-year-old son,
in a school far from the teaching sands
of his homeland.

Eyes peer out from centuries
of remembered scorn, a withering look
to teachers, newsmen,
crossing guards, writers, who visit
this catch-all school, where each morn
children come from concrete egg-crate
tenements to learn new ways,
learn to live in a land not yet torn
by tribal strife.”

About the Author
Merle Fischlowitz was born and raised in St. Louis, Mo. He studied history and psychology at Grinnell College in Iowa. During his career as an educator and psychologist in Missouri, Maryland and Hawaii, Fischlowitz enjoyed many friendships with new Americans and descendants of immigrant families. He currently lives in San Diego with his wife Teresa. They have six children and four grandchildren.

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