Friday, November 14, 2003

Elynia S. Mabanglo

I have been reading the poetry book "Invitation of the Imperialist" by Elynia S. Mabanglo.

The poems discuss the current situation of diaspora for Filipinas. The topics range from imperialism to letters home from Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, and Singapore. The poems are rich in the language of Tagalog and the emotions of a Pin@y.

I suggest to everyone to purchase the book. A note of caution. The English translation does not completely capture the beauty of the poems. It is a sad fact that translations from Pin@y languages to English are inadequate. But if you know some Tagalog, with a dictionary, you will see some of the soul of the Pin@y people.

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