Bird Eating Bird

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ProQuest, 2008 - Bilingualism - 81 pages
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This dissertation is a collection of poems that investigates the subject of absence and the ways in which absence inspires and mediates desire. With language functioning as a predominant theme and the study of language as a predominant feature in the poems, the poet theorizes even the desire to speak as dialogic, therefore a site of contact and contest between speakers, lovers, as much as within the Whitmanian multitude self. Poems that thematize lesbian desire, family migrations, and second-language learning (appearing in Spanish/English translations) are performed through various autobiographical gazes. Poems also appear in a range of poetic forms, from narrative and personal lyric in long and short lines, traditional forms and meters, to single-sentence stanzas, prose poems, concrete and ekphrastic. Primary influences on this work include poetry by Asian American School poets, like Marilyn Chin, Mei Mei Berssenbrugge, Li-Young Lee, and Eugene Gloria, as much as poetry belonging to eras of Spanish language traditions, including work by Pablo Neruda, Idea Vilarino and Gabriela Mistral.
 

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This is what more 21st century poetry should aspire to: explorations of and conversations with and within a world that is both borderless and meticulously categorized. It is bilingual, multicultural ... Read full review

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Winner of the 2008 National Poetry Series mtvU Prize, which is presented to a college student, Naca writes in three languages (American English, Tagalog, and Spanish), using these modalities to ... Read full review

Contents

Language Poetry Grandmas English
14
Glove
27
House
40
Witness
53
Seguir
59
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