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from unincorporated territory [hacha]
Craig Santos Perez

2017 • 104 pp. 6 x 9"
Poetry / Poetry - Asian American / Poetry - Australian & Oceanian

$17.95 Paperback, 978-1-63243-049-6

The first installment in the Chamorro poet’s series on the history, ecology, and mythology of Guam

from unincorporated territory [hacha] is the first book of native Chamorro poet Craig Santos Perez’s ongoing series about his homeland, the Western Pacific Island of Guåhan (Guam). Perez weaves avant-garde, eco-poetic, indigenous, documentary, multilingual, and abstract expressionist modes to tell the complex story of Guam’s people, culture, history, politics, and ecologies. Since its original publication in 2008, [hacha] has received positive reviews, and it has been taught in universities throughout Asia, the Pacific, the United States, Canada, and Europe. This new and revised edition aims to bring the book to a new generation of readers.

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“The act of remembering is the art of recovery, and the art of reclaiming a past that has never been hidden, only silenced, is an act of responsibility. This poet of consciousness, of communal memory, and of political fury, has undone the callous erasure of imperialism and empowered his people’s folklore, stories, and journeys. Craig Santos Perez is a poet with a mission, and with the skill and battle cry to do it right.”—Rigoberto González

CRAIG SANTOS PEREZ, a native Chamorro from the Pacific Island of Guåhan (Guam), co-edited three anthologies of Pacific literature and authored two other poetry books:  from unincorporated territory [saina] (2010, PEN Center USA/Poetry Society of America Literary Prize recipient) and from unincorporated territory [guma’] (2014, American Book Award recipient). He holds an MFA from the U of San Francisco and a Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley. He is an Associate Professor in the English Department at the University of Hawai i, M noa.

Fri, 6 Jul 2018 13:59:59 -0500