Penguin Books recently released Filipino poet Eugene Gloria’s new collection of poems, My Favorite Warlord, and he will be signing copies on Saturday and Sunday, July 7-8, at the Barnes & Noble Booksellers in the Westgate Mall in San Jose from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm.
Gloria’s new book is driven by his ongoing obsession with his origins. At the heart of this collection is the poet’s sense of belonging and not belonging. Gloria’s poems on place consider home and exile, one’s arrivals and departures, and the complications of identity. From Manila and San Francisco to Kyoto and Detroit, these poems evoke the lyrical landscapes of family stories. Throughout the collection, historical and personal events collide. One poem weaves together meditations on sixteenth-century warrior and leader Hideyoshi and the poet’s elderly father. Another poem embraces post-racial America even as the speaker wrestles with his own sense of displacement in the Midwest. In elegy and psalm, as well as ancient forms from Asia such as the haibun and pantoum, these elegant and passionate poems enact rage, civility, love, wanderlust, and a devotion to art as they explore Gloria’s fears of frailty and erasure.
Gloria is currently an Associate Professor of English at DePauw University.