Monday, May 05, 2003

Back working in the Emory Lee papers today, looking at issues of the Asian American Review, a mid-1970s publication from Asian American Studies at Berkeley. The journal's a mix of academic essays, interviews, journalism, short stories, and poems. A sample, from Luis Syquia's "Bayanihan Kearney Street":

And the old men die slow
on Kearney street/Manilatown
Eating their kalding,dinuguan,patis
adobo,isda and kanin
Open to the sun’s warm shrine
Old fighters,wise elders of the
still making their daily rounds
through vanishing Manilatown
in the rain
The old men die slow
on Kearney Street
Ancient warriors
still tapping their feet
to the primal feet
of a distant drum

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