NOV. 04, 2012 | 2 – Poetry of the Forgotten People: How We Use Our Voices
Speaker: Barbara Jane Reyes | blog comments due on Saturday at midnight, Nov. 3
• Ruth Mabanglo’s “Ballad of Lola Amonita”
• Barbara Jane Reyes’s “A Little Bit About Lola Ilang” and “Why Girls Do Not Speak”
• Nick Carbo’s “The Bronze Dove”
• Mahealani Perez-Wendt’s “Bury Our Hearts at Wal-Mart, etc.”
• Joi Barrios’s “Rape” and “Slaying the Word”
First impressions? What emotive responses did these poems relay to you? Further thoughts to think about:
1. How do these poems explore ‘place’ and ‘history,’ and how do they relate, as well as create each other?
2. What’s working in these poems? What are the craft elements? How do they create geographical place, impress conflict/history/culture onto physical spaces, etc.?
3. How did Barbara Jane Reyes’s poems interweave ‘voice,’ ‘place,’ and ‘history’ together?
Also, Barbara is willing to do a Q&A session. Here’s a part of her artistic statement, something to let saturate in your head/jumpstart your questions:
I shy away from the word “Activist,” but wholeheartedly believe my work is “Political.” I believe when a Pinay writes, and she is the subject of her own narratives, then she is subverting those master narratives which have figured her as a voiceless and passive object.
— Barbara’s artistic statement