Download PDF by Eric Gamalinda: Amigo Warfare: Poems

By Eric Gamalinda

ISBN-10: 1933456663

ISBN-13: 9781933456669

Eric Gamalinda's Amigo struggle is a beautiful meditation on id and the methods we connect to ourselves, with one another, and with the realm: Grief is a country of every person a rustic without boundary lines. Gamalinda's voice soars and swoops via incredible, heartbreaking language, providing convenience amid the grief all of us percentage. In Gamalinda's poems, we're on their own, jointly.

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This is Juan, who can read only numbers. This is the girl who danced like air (she’s dead now, her body betrothed to air). This is the precise fissure of the bone, its instinct and vocation, this is how silence floats in the houses of the missing, the perfect disguise of the dragonfly. This is the graveyard of broken watches and discarded 31 chandeliers. This is the time of the arrival of assassins. Sorrow is all stillness, a pool of rainwater. Sorrow is a red silk line between the dreamed and the disappeared.

Some leave to become the journey, to become not finite body but infinite road. Some survive by speaking a language that’s the wrong size for their tongues. Some learn to respond only to the numbers that cancel their names. Like the blind, I touch their faces and recognize them by what I cannot see. Tanks uproot tamarind trees older than my grandfather’s grandfather. Mosquitoes multiply and villages disappear. 53 Some of us die in the year of assassins, some in the year of greed. But how did they change the shape of the earth to fit the shape of war?

Just like they do in my country. I will walk away from the safety of remembering but I will keep an amulet against those who still covet the last things I carry: I will bear my anger in silence. I will lay down my heart in flames. I will burn the sign of the cross on my forehead. I will wear my country’s desolation as though it were tailor-made for me. Over the years their meaning will wear out. Only I will recall what they once stood for, my anger, my cross, my heart of embers. No one will ever recognize me.

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