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Life in a multicultural, multiethnic nation like the United States leads to complicated, sometimes fragmented experiences of our background and identity. In Locus, Jason Bayani’s poetry explores the experience of identity that haunts Pilipinx-Americans in the wake of the 1965 Hart-Celler Immigration Act, a critical moment left out of most histories of Asian-American life i ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published April 15th 2019 by Omnidawn
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Andrea Blythe
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jason Bayani's gorgeous book of poetry draws on his heritage and cultural experience to delve into the fragmented identities of Pilipinx Americans. Blending memoir and lyricism and inspired by hip-hop and DJ culture, these poems do powerful work in recovering the voices of silenced communities, reflecting on the importance of family and community in tying us to ourselves.

"Poetry gave me back a way to find my culture, my history, a way to understand my parents better, a way to understand my peopl
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There was an article I read back in my second year in college in one of my Ethnic Studies classes that was a reading I didn’t really quite get (or maybe I’m mixing up two readings but if I’m remembering correctly) that talked about how there’s so much to be said within one song. In the pauses and in the beats and all those other musical terms. Reading this work felt like that. Exploring the cracks and crevices of a song fully. The decolonial cracks. It’s not linear because it’s limitless. The lo ...more
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Our bodies are politicized and so will be everything our bodies make. Even in a love song you have no escape.
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Jason Bayani is the author of "Amulet" (Write Bloody 2013) and Locus (Omnidawn 2019). A Saint Mary's MFA grad and Kundiman fellow, he's currently the Artistic Director for Kearny Street Workshop in San Francisco. ...more

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