Review of Barbara Jane Reyes's book of poems, "Diwata."
I share this new review ofDiwata, which was posted at Lantern Review: http://lanternreview.com/blog/2010/12/20/review-barbara-jane-reyes-diwata/ In Poeta in San Francisco, Barbara Jane Reyes’ previous book,diwatawas someone “elders say” had once “walked on earth” before the “the nailed god came” (30). These are the traces and rumors from which the titularDiwataof her latest book is resurrected. Then, like slippery oral art, like slips of the tongue, creation stories about men, women, anddiwata—a god or spirit in Philippine mythology—are made up and told again and again. The poems inDiwatadraw also on, and retell, Judeo-Christian creation narratives, introduced and enforced in the Philippines by the Spanish colonial regime. These retellings of myths and folk tales become a modality through which ahistory is rendered into history, history itself is investigated, and variations of diwatas, their quarries, and their hunters are revealed as inhabiting multiple narrative, linguistic, and cultural sites. http://lanternreview.com/blog/2010/12/20/review-barbara-jane-reyes-diwata/
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