My Favorite Warlord by Eugene Gloria
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A third collection from an award-winning poet whose "gift is breathtaking" (Naomi Shihab Nye)

The themes of identity, relationships, and the poet's sense of origin are at the heart of Eugene Gloria's rich and captivating new collection. The title poem weaves together Japan's sixteenth-century warlord Hideyoshi with a meditation about the poet's father's dementia; "Here on Earth" embraces post-racial America and the speaker's own sense of displacement in the Midwest. In elegy and psalm, as well as ancient forms from Asia such as the haibun and pantoum, these elegant and passionate poems enact rage, civility, love, travel, and art as well as explore Gloria's own fears of frailty and erasure.


About Eugene Gloria

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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 May 29, 2012 by Penguin Books. 92 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Gloria establishes himself as a poet of memory, of masculinity, as well as of Asian-American political identity (with, for example, an elegy to Vincent Chin, slain in a famous anti-Asian hate crime).

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