Gravities of Center (Arkipelago Books Publishing, 2003)
“Always mindful of the terrible past that still haunts her native country today, Reyes writes with urgency, but her poems contain an anger quite tempered by maturity and dignity. That past also haunts her own personal life in America: her poetry offers an acute look of what new ethnic identity means, but again, without sanctimonious complaints. Even when she writes about that other terrible topic, love, she is devastating in conveying loss, but without reaching for sentimental sympathy. At once tender and tough, her precise voice shatters us.” ~ Nguyen Qui Duc, Host/Producer, Pacific Time Public Radio
“Intelligent, energetic, and inventive, Reyes’s writing is nourished by the confluence of cultures at which she resides as an urban twenty-first century Pilipina American. Seen as both a post-colonial chronicle and an intimate exploration of self, community, and history, Gravities of Center hovers between conventionalpoetry or prose, bending the genres until what emerges is a work that will illuminate us like ‘garnet crystalline fire … burning, to light the way back home’ .” ~ Jaime Jacinto, author of HEAVEN IS JUST ANOTHER COUNTRY
My books and chapbooks have been adopted for courses in American Literature, American Studies, Asian American Studies, Ethnic Studies, and Creative Writing, at the University of California (Berkeley), University of California (Santa Barbara), University of California (Santa Cruz), University of California (Riverside), University of San Francisco, San Francisco State University, Sonoma State University, CSU Sacramento, California College of the Arts, Ohio State University, University of Kansas, Western Washington University, University of Hawai’i (Manoa), University of Nebraska (Lincoln), University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa), Hunter College, Mills College, Muhlenberg College, Kapiolani Community College, University of Notre Dame, University of Texas (El Paso), University of Wisconsin (Madison), University of Northern Iowa, Columbia College Chicago, Charles R. Drew University, Drake University, Scripps College, New York University, University of Southern California, and Stanford University.
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