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elsewhere held and lingered is Conchitina Cruz’s third book, following Disappear (High Chair, 2004), and Dark Hours (UP Press, 2005), which won the National Book Award for Poetry. A recipient of Fulbright and Rockefeller Foundation grants, Cruz teaches creative writing and literature at UP Diliman.
81 pages
Published 2008 by High Chair
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Khaela de Leon
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I get poetry now.
Aloysiusi Lionel
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It is through art can we express the seat of human desires, one's vulnerabilities and his/her aspiration for strength and fullness. Chingbee Cruz, whose compelling collection Dark Hours I had the chance to read and enjoy, has without reservation poeticized one's perspectives on seduction, fidelity, marriage, and recovery from the wounds of letting go in Elsewhere Held and Lingered (High Chair, 2010). Whether the persona is the author articulating personal experiences or she formed a plethora of ...more
Dec 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous collection with interestingly structured poems using footnotes and marginalia, multiple choice tests, and even the index of last lines.

The forms reminded me of Jose Garcia Villa but I much prefer the way Cruz plays with the absences in the text. I liked the complexity of the relationships depicted. The poems feel like intimate glimpses into these people’s lives.

I bookmarked a number of them but my favourite is “Where were you all this time?”
Mar 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Not as good as Dark Hours and THERE IS NO EMERGENCY, I think, but still good nonetheless. First time going into this I had no idea that it was about infidelity, and it gets tiring after a while reading about the whole thing again and again, but there are moments where it catches you off guard and then the pain smears against your mouth.
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Cruz's gorgeous words and lyricism, and her singular way of writing her poetry were the two remarkable qualities of this book. But it's the theme and story of 'elsewhere held and lingered' that made me gasp, squirm on my seat, and utterly scandalized. It also made this unforgettable. How could she write so beautifully about something bordering on immoral? ...more
Aug 05, 2020 rated it liked it
if you're into allusions and idiosyncrasies, then read it ...more
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Thank God for poetry
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
man i love poetry
Dec 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
A lovely collection. Ms. Chingbee's words are lilting and melodic, even when they speak of unsavory things. It's easy to get lost in them. ...more
Aug 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love this book so much. Some of my favorite poems are "It's good to see you out in the sun," "send me to the moon," and "one for my baby, and one more for the road." ...more
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Pain is beautiful; same as you
Jun 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Thanks ALA for lending me the book. However, please give me one more week. I wanna read it several times pa. :D
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