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by Gray, Jan-Henry,

Format: Print Book 2019
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction PS3607.R3945 A6 2019
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
Call Number  PS3607.R3945 A6 2019

"As a Filipino-American conscious of his multiple identities and the trove of experiences and external forces that shaped him, Gray uses the unfettered landscape of poetry to release himself and others from the limitations that aggrieve undocumented immigrants." -- New City Lit

Rooted in the experience of living in America as a queer undocumented Filipino, Documents maps the byzantine journey toward citizenship through legal records and fragmented recollections. In poems that repurpose the forms and procedures central to an immigrant's experiences--birth certificates, identification cards, letters, and interviews--Jan-Henry Gray reveals the narrative limits of legal documentation while simultaneously embracing the intersections of identity, desire, heritage, love, and a new imagining of freedom.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Moving from the Philippines to San Francisco and Chicago, Gray's debut is a short, form-shifting effort to find continuity in a life lived as an undocumented resident of the U.S. "The only way to know a song is to sing it," Gray writes, an apt piece of wisdom for a coming-of-age story in poems that twists through states and decades, immigration processes, choruslike poems exploring bodies of water, and extended family drama. An erotic love lyric appears next to a brief meditation on translation and airports. In a series of "Maid Poems," Gray considers his family's maids in Quezon City, imagining their daily lives and labor, and offering a glimpse of narrative in a book focused on struggles and privilege, as suggested in the "The Dream Act": "THE FAMILY moves into THE GARAGE./ THE FAMILY lives there for THE YEAR./ THE GARAGE is underneath THE HOUSE." But perhaps the most impressive piece in this book is the expansive, oceanic long poem "Exacua," in which Gray writes about the struggle to write: "I used to think that poetry = freedom... I'm trying to write this thing from inside the ocean." It's here that Gray allows his thinking to become fully lost in a dreamlike prose structure that contracts and expands, almost borderless. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Series A. Poulin, Jr. new poets of America series ; v. 42.
Subjects Poetry.
Publisher Rochester, NY :2019
Edition First edition.
Other Titles Poems.
Language English
Notes Poems.
Description 96 pages ; 23 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (page 89).
ISBN 9781942683742
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