POETRY

Invocation to Daughters

City Lights. Nov. 2017. 96p. ISBN 9780872867475. pap. $14.95. POETRY
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OrangeReviewStarSan Francisco-based, James Laughlin Award-winning poet Reyes (poeta en san francisco) uses incantatory language to speak to Filipina girls and women, and her words will resonate with many, many readers. "Daughters, our world is beyond unkind" opens an early poem; the collection as a whole then details the arduous female condition ("We are fed up being groped, being entered, being punished, being/ trashed. We are nobody's fucking things"), then strikes back sharply ("Why does my outrage inconvenience you?"), and advises ("let us create a language so that we know ourselves"). Individual poems apostrophize Filipinas like the murdered transgender Jennifer Laude.
VERDICT Infused with Spanish and Tagalog, Reyes's beautiful, angry verse shines throughout. For a wide range of readers.
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