They Come and Knock on the Door

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ISBN 978-0-915306-99-2
Publication Date
July 1995
Page Count
61 pages
Trim Size
5.8 x 8.7

They Come and Knock on the Door

Alfredo Quijada Urías

They Come and Knock on the Door is the first English-language collection by Salvadoran poet Alfredo Quijada Urías. In his poems, both personal and political, Quijada Urías touches on life in a repressive, war-torn society, the adverse effects of imperialism on his people, and his fears about capitalistic ideology, through low-key, direct, ironic verse. 

About the Author

Alfonso Quijada Urías is a Salvadoran poet. Many of his works center around the effects of war and the realities of urban life in Central America. Previously published in El Salvador and Cuba, They Come and Knock on the Door is his first publication translated into American English. Quijada Urías currently resides in Canada. 

Dawin J. Flakoll was a journalist, author, translator, and editor. He is best known for his collaborations with his wife, Nicaraguan-Salvadoran poet Claribel Alegría. He died in 1995. 


"As El Salvador moves toward peace, books such as Urías' become increasingly important because they serve to remind us of life's horrifying reality. His work stands as a permanent testament for peace." —Benjamin Alire Sáenz 

"His poetry is a low-key epic which at times swirls with the fury of Vallejo and Neruda. But above all, it's a gentle commentary about deep sorrow, hope, and dreams of certain victory. Quijada is the poet of a small nation being born to liberty amidst the fire and the glow of a new century." —Fernando Alegría

"Quijada Urías has installed himself in the vanguard of young Salvadoran poets with an uninhibited, contemporary vision of the world and mankind " —Roque Dalton