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Like a Solid to a Shadow

Janice Lobo Sapigao


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Poetry. Asian & Asian American Studies. LIKE A SOLID TO A SHADOW is a documentary poetry collection about grieving, fatherlessness, and the limitations of language. Sapigao finds her deceased father's love 'letters' to her mother: cassette tapes recorded in Illokano, a language of which she has imperfect knowledge. The book moves through Sapigao's process of translating and transcribing the tapes; playing with, learning, and unlearning the Ilokano and English languages. This book then launches from the tapes to ask what can we really know? when it comes to family lineages and personal histories. Through family trees, photos, and mapping, Sapigao articulates, distorts, and heals her knowledge of the man who is is her deceased father.

Timeless, Infinite Light, 9781937421243, 102pp.

Publication Date: November 10, 2017