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Joseph O. Legaspi

2017 • 100 pp. 6 x 9 1/4"
Poetry / Poetry - Asian American / Poetry - Gay & Lesbian

$16.00 Paperback, 978-1-933880-63-1

“Joseph O. Legaspi’s Threshold celebrates the wondrous space in which the masculine and feminine energies enrich and unnerve a young man’s path to a fully... [continued in Reviews below]”—Rigoberto González,

Celebrates the courageous journey across boundaries, the intersections between liminal spaces, and the tenacity to endure

Threshold enters a landscape of seemingly perpetual in-between, crossing from conventionality to queerness; exploring the fluidity of gender; and translating the hard hold of family. The collection meditates on passageways and what it means to arrive at, and pierce through, thresholds—between countries, past and future, and the threat and security of love.

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Reviews / Endorsements

“Joseph O. Legaspi’s Threshold celebrates the wondrous space in which the masculine and feminine energies enrich and unnerve a young man’s path to a fully realized self, “immaculate / yet ravaged, tarnished yet holy.” These exquisite poems invite us to cross into the “periphery / of sanctuary and danger,” farther into the rooms of family and culture, in order to find nourishment in breath, beauty, desire, and love.”—Rigoberto González

“I’m astonished by what these poems know. From boyhood initiation into beauty as artifice, to full embrace of self in union with a man, all is recalled with love and wonder. Nothing denied, Legaspi conjures the world in voluptuous detail, and the poet’s ‘disparaged humming body’ claims itself, exuberant and triumphant.”—Joan Larkin

From the Book:


She's six and school has turned tiresome.
She storms home like a battering ram.

Her mother sits, serene as a water pitcher.
She drinks her up and bubbles inside.

Afternoon breeze, a spider spins its web,
catching little wings of island light.

Her mama's shadow, the girl will lengthen
immensely from backyard into life.

She crouches besides her mother, bleeding
a hen from its plucked sliced neck.

Red, warm on her fingers the woman draws
a cross on her daughter's forehead

as the hen convulses under the grip fortifying
blood pooling at the girl's feet.

JOSEPH O. LEGASPI, a Fulbright and NYFA fellow, is the author of a previous collection, Imago (CavanKerry Press and University of Santo Tomas Press), and two chapbooks: Aviary, Bestiary and Subways. His poems have appeared in the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day, jubilat, Orion, Painted Bride Quarterly, and Salt Hill. He is the cofounder of Kundiman, a nonprofit organization serving Asian American writers. He lives in Queens, New York, with his husband.

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 14:55:25 -0500