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168 pages. Softcover. Brand new book. POETRY. These elegant poems tackle issues of identity, domesticity and sexuality, shattering preconceived notions of Asians and Asian men in this first collection by a Filipino-born writer. The Table of Contents of this book is as follows: Foreword • Imago • Poem for My Navel • Imagined Love Poem for My Mother from My Father • The Wedding Photograph • Watermelon • My Grandmother, in Increments • Two Elegies • The Bringers of Bread • Childhood Elegy • The Sow • Bat Hunting • Kite Season • Blood Thirst • Brother • Shoe Box in Early Summer • Nocturnal • Sleeping Together • The Circumcision • The Scheme of Beauty • Desert Postcards • Typhoon • Fetching My Father • The Eye of the Wound • Killing a Chicken • Faith Healer • Ode to My Mother's Hair • Departure: July 30, 1984 • The Immigrants' Son • Alaska • The Red Sweater • My Father in the Night • The Socks • Men with Breasts • This Face • Visiting the Manongs in a Convalescent Home • in Delano • California Beaches • First Cigarette • Little Blackbird • Three Muses • Sleep. Joseph O. Legaspi spent his childhood in the Philippines and immigrated with his family to Los Angeles when he was twelve. He holds degrees from Loyola Marymount University and the Creative Writing Program at New York University. He lives in New York City and works at Columbia University. A recipient of a 2001 poetry fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, he is cofounder of Kundiman, a nonprofit organization serving Asian-American poets. "...Legaspi, like William Carlos Williams, can find poetry anywhere. And like his mentor Pablo Neruda he seems able to locate the mysterious and the magical in the most common and overlooked objects. It is difficult to overestimate the daring and resourcefulness required to complete successfully this astonishingly original book. I believe this collection of poetry, so rich in the dailyness of the world and what wisdom we can draw from it, is ample evidence that Joseph O. Legaspi has arrived to a place none of his ancestors in life or in poetry have ever journeyed, and we his readers are the richer for it."&emdash; Philip Levine (Key Words: Filipino Poets, Joseph O. Legaspi, Philip Levine, Poetry).
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