Al Robles: Rappin' With Ten Thousand Carabaos in the Dark Poems

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N that honors the ives of the Manongs by breaking away from the conventional geographic identity markers and focusing on individual stories and experiences Manong Al s poems Speer live at the intersection of jazz Portsmouth Suare Ifugao Mountain political poetry the International Hotel the Pasig River and the heart of ora. San Francisco tells stories that span a century of Pilipinoife in America His poetry is inhabited by families farm abor.

L story telling returning to this collection after almost twenty years i was surprised by the second and third sections on and nature Buddhism and japanese The Ring Of The Dove literary figures the poems on Wounded Knee Olangapo and the Tiaoyu Senkaku Islands convey Robles generous global vision solidarity and rich symbolic vocabulary. Ers factory workers Zen monks pool sharks cooks childrenovers preachers pinups young bloods musicians barbers and Buddhas.

What stupid ass storiesWho would believe in such talesYet if you were askedWhat is the most important thingin the world the head or tail of a fishWhat would you answerNo matter what answer you giveit will be wrongThose who tread the carabao s taildo not speak from Tagatac in Ifugao Mountain A great poetry collectio. The uintessential Pilipino American poet storyteller and co founder of the Kearny Street Asian American Writers Workshop in.

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