BALIKBAYANG MAHAL Passages from Exile E. SAN JUAN, Jr.

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Lulu.com, 2007 - Poetry - 155 pages
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This project of "balikbayan" (homecoming) unfolds through poems and one essay-in-progress spanning four decades of exile. It seeks to map one emigre's itinerary through terrains of disruption and dislocation. Written in English and in Filipino (with translations into Chinese, Russian, German, French, Spanish, Italian), these traces of the writer's journey strive to foreground the ordeals of deterritorialization shared by all colonized peoples--a universal experience given a local habitation and name in the trajectory of this flight in search of passages to uncharted shores. Less a Baedeker for remembering or reaching a destination, this palimpsest of tropes/signs hopes to construct zones of departure for discovering new territory built out of a history of collective sacrifices grounding our dreams and desires. Exile is the name for this material process of renewal and liberation--love for whoever is returning, the beloved fulfilling the promise of redemption in the birth pangs of revolutionary struggle.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
5
The Three Temptations
13
Maskarang Makata
26
Pieta
34
The Sweetheart of Ludwig von Wittgenstein
42
Vicissitudes of the Love and Death of Vladimir
49
Querida Mia
57
The Tarantula
63
Romance of the Bourgeois Poet
71
Labintatlong Pagsuboksa Pagtuklas ng Anino
83
Tigil Viajero Itugma ang Iyong Kalendaryo
89
Dialogue in the Dark
95
Kung Anoang Isinisiwalat ng Salawikain
101
The Dandys Smile from the BoogieWoogie
107
Itagasa Bato
113
Copyright

The Seduction
69

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