barangay: an offshore poem (Paperback)

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By Adrian De Leon, Jason Edward Pagaduan (By (photographer))


As beautiful and varied as an archipelago, barangay is an elegant new collection of poetry from Adrian De Leon that gathers in and arranges the difficult pieces of a scattered history. While mourning the loss of his grandmother who "lived, loved and grieved in three languages," De Leon skips his barangay, which is both a boat and an administrative unit in the Philippine government, over the history of both his family and a nation. In these poems De Leon considers the deadly impact of colonialism, the far-reaching effects of the diaspora from the Philippines and the personal loss of his ability to speak Ilokano, his grandmother's native tongue. These are spare, haunting poems, which wash over the reader like the waves of the ocean the barangays navigated long ago and then pull the reader into their current like the rivers De Leon left behind.

About the Author

Adrian De Leon is a writer and educator from Manila via Scarborough, Ontario. He is the author of Rouge and co-editor of FEEL WAYS: A Scarborough Anthology, both published by Mawenzi House. His poetry and nonfiction have appeared in The Puritan, Joyland Magazine and Catapult. His research has been featured in VICE, National Geographic, The Guardian and more. He lives in Los Angeles, where he is an Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California.

Praise For…

"This unforgettable collection journeys into the tributaries and offshore currents of Filipino history, culture and migration. Through multilingual and innovative poetic methods, Adrian De Leon traverses intergenerational, diasporic, archipelagic and transoceanic spaces. Be prepared, reader, to navigate the deepest routes and roots of memory and legend.” —Craig Santos Perez, author of Habitat Threshold and winner of the 2015 American Book Award

"Here is poetry that examines and sings of Filipino diaspora while refusing white supremacist empire and a reductive representational politics. Here is a poet who takes no word, no sound for granted.” —Chen Chen, author of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities

"A haunting and lilting elegy in fragments. . . . these poems collect to a voyage song where migrants of the Philippines never land, never find peace; they are both survivors and ghosts drowned out by the victors of colony." —Cathy Park Hong, author of Pulitzer Prize finalist Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning

Product Details
ISBN: 9781989496367
ISBN-10: 1989496369
Publisher: Wolsak and Wynn Publishers Ltd
Publication Date: November 9th, 2021
Pages: 72
Language: English