The Beauty Of Ghosts: Five Voices, A Theater Of Poetry
|Author||Luis H. Francia|
|Dimension||6 x 9|
The Beauty of Ghosts attempts to individualize the Filipino immigrant experience to the United States, and is made up of an idiosyncratic suite of poems the poet envisions as a theater of poetry. These works examine the immigrant's life as seen through the eyes of various individuals, ranging from a manong to a teenaged rapper, from a nurse to an aging Comfort Woman who has found refuge in Queens, New York. While by no means exhaustive of the U.S. immigrant experience, The Beauty of Ghosts renders that experience vivid, unsettling, and a counterpoint to the stereotypical representation of the American Dream. It had its world premiere in 2007, in New York City, at Topaz Arts, a nonprofit performing arts organization in Woodside, Queens, which has a large Filipino community.
Luis H. Francia is the author of, among other books, The Arctic Archipelago and Other Poems, Museum of Absences, and the semiautobiographical Eye of the Fish: A Personal Archipelago, winner of the 2002 PEN Open Book Award and the 2002 Asian American Writers Literary Award. His A History of the Philippines: From Indios Bravos to Filipinos was released in 2010. He edited Brown River, White Ocean: An Anthology of Twentieth Century Philippine Literature in English. He lives in New York and teaches at Hunter College and New York University. He teaches creative writing (poetry and nonfiction) at the City University of Hong Kong.
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