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Joseph O. Legaspi, Philip Levine (Foreword by)


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“...Legaspi, like William Carlos Williams, can find poetry anywhere. And like his mentor Pablo Neruda he seems able to locate the mysterious and the magical in the most common and overlooked objects. It is difficult to overestimate the daring and resourcefulness required to complete successfully this astonishingly original book. I believe this collection of poetry, so rich in the dailyness of the world and what wisdom we can draw from it, is ample evidence that Joseph O. Legaspi has arrived to a place none of his ancestors in life or in poetry have ever journeyed, and we his readers are the richer for it.”—Philip Levine

CavanKerry Press, 9781933880037, 108pp.

Publication Date: October 31, 2007

About the Author

JOSEPH O. LEGASPI spent his childhood in the Philippines and immigrated with his family to Los Angeles when he was twelve. He holds degrees from Loyola Marymount University and the Creative Writing Program at New York University. He lives in New York City and works at Columbia University. A recipient of a 2001 poetry fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, he is cofounder of Kundiman (, a nonprofit organization serving Asian-American poets.