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WORDTECH EDITIONS announces the publication of
SOUVENIR – by Aimee Suzara
Release: February 2014 | Pre-order: October 2013-January 2014
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In this compelling debut book by Aimee Suzara, a Filipino-American woman encounters narratives of her history – from the “living exhibits” of Filipinos in the 1904 World’s Fair to the migration of her family across seas and continents to the Wild West. The poems consider what souvenirs are kept as histories are buried, found and reinvented.
While the 1904 World’s Fair displayed Filipino bodies for an American audience, Aimee Suzara’s poetry flips the script to question the ethics of the imperial gaze. Juxtaposing the exposition with her own migrations, she paints an intimate portrait of her family amid all-American landscapes, foods, music, dreams and disappointments. By engaging with a variety of archival material and a range of poetic modes (lyric, narrative, documentary, collage), Suzara keeps our attention on the voices, objects, and memories that we hold onto to survive. In the end, the poet asks herself, her ancestors, and us: “What do you brace, so as not to break”?
– Craig Santos Perez, author of from unincorporated territory
Last but not least: in the world of theater, my creative team and I just staged a work-in-progress showing of A HISTORY OF THE BODY in May – my multidisciplinary play was awarded several grants (East Bay Community Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and City of Oakland Cultural Funding Program!) and generous donations from individuals (thank YOU!). We also had a show of excerpts at the California State University’s World Theater on April 18, supported by Special Events and OC3.
See the “highlight reel” HERE and visit “a history of the body” for more info!
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