I haven’t been posting much here, but have been on the PAWA blog, where I’ve been asking Filipino American authors for their reading and book buying recommendations. So far, Karen Llagas, Veronica Montes, Vangie Buell, Oliver de la Paz, and Eileen Tabios have responded. I’ve included my own as well, and I believe there are more recommendations to come. You can see them all here (be sure to check out Veronica’s commentary on each book as well).
In other e-spaces, let me also belatedly point you to Tamiko Beyer’s essay, “Notes towards a queer::eco::poetics,” at Doveglion.com. There is more to come in this space, so please do be on the lookout.
As for myself, I plan to do some reading this winter break. I’ve picked up Rabih Alameddine’s The Hakawati (lovely gentleman; I met him briefly outside Joe’s Barbershop in the Castro, and I kept thinking his name was “Robbie”). Hakawati, I see from that NY Times article, means “storyteller,” so already, this is interesting to me. I was telling some folks the other day that I hadn’t thought too centrally or consciously about “narrative” in my poems, but on the PAWA blog, Veronica points out the “story, story, story,” in Diwata, which I very much appreciate. And as one reader on Goodreads remarked about Diwata, he thought its allegorical prose narratives were very good, but was disappointed there wasn’t more “poetry” in it.
I also want to catch up on more poetry titles, especially as I am behind in my book reviewing commitments and other plans. I am not scheduled to teach at either USF or Mills College this coming semester, but will have an artist in residency stint at SF School for the Arts next month. As well, I plan to teach poetry workshop through one community group or another, so reading more poetry would be helpful.