Drivers at the Short-Time Motel by Eugene Gloria
(National Poetry Series)

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Ephemeral lives, and souls lost in the tattered fabric of war, displacement, and ruined love find hope, redemption, and a common voice in Eugene Gloria's artful concoction of American and Filipino vernaculars. While some of these thirty poems deal with the landscape and folkways of contemporary Filipinos, others locate themselves on the streets and byways of present-day America. Like many poets of dual heritage, Gloria's work is concerned with self-definition, with the attempt to reconcile a feeling of exile and homelessness. Frequently taking the form of character studies and first-person narratives, Gloria's poems poignantly illuminate the common man's search for connection to the self and to the world."Eugene Gloria's Drivers at the Short-Time Motel is propelled by an imagistic sincerity and paced lyricism. Each poem seems to embody the plain-spoken as well as the embellishments that we associate with classical and modern Asian poetry. Though many of the poems address the lingering hurt of cultural and economic imperialism, worlds coexist in the same skin through magical imagery. Gauged by a keen eye, history is scrutinized, but through a playful exactness. These wonderful poems are trustworthy." --Yusef Komunyaaka

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EUGENE GLORIA was born in Manila, Philippines, and raised in San Francisco, California. He is the author of two previous collections, Drivers at the Short-Time Motel (winner of the 1999 National Poetry Series) and, most recently, Hoodlum Birds. He teaches creative writing and English literature at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana.
Published June 1, 2000 by Penguin Books. 84 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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“If there were two worlds we are made to inhabit,” the poet admits, “I would prefer the one I was forced to leave.” His verses are filled with likable and memorable souls: his grandmother, who sagely declares that “every culture’s worst enemy is its own people,” a mechanic on his way to a lovers’...

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of ""Mauricio,"" Gloria writes that ""From Mobil Gas he emerges/ like a Mack truck from the desert horizon."" An uneven poem about the poet's father yields the pleasing, entirely unanticipated sentence ""My lord of facts luxuriates/ in mundane purchases at Napa Auto Parts."" The best bits of Glor...

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