Drivers at the Short-Time Motel

Eugene Gloria

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Drivers at the Short-Time Motel

Drivers at the Short Time Motel Ephemeral lives and souls lost in the tattered fabric of war displacement and ruined love find hope redemption and a common voice in Eugene Gloria s artful concoction of American and Filipino ver

  • Title: Drivers at the Short-Time Motel
  • Author: Eugene Gloria
  • ISBN: 9780140589252
  • Page: 152
  • Format: Paperback
  • Ephemeral lives, and souls lost in the tattered fabric of war, displacement, and ruined love find hope, redemption, and a common voice in Eugene Gloria s artful concoction of American and Filipino vernaculars While some of these thirty poems deal with the landscape and folkways of contemporary Filipinos, others locate themselves on the streets and byways of present day AmEphemeral lives, and souls lost in the tattered fabric of war, displacement, and ruined love find hope, redemption, and a common voice in Eugene Gloria s artful concoction of American and Filipino vernaculars While some of these thirty poems deal with the landscape and folkways of contemporary Filipinos, others locate themselves on the streets and byways of present day America Like many poets of dual heritage, Gloria s work is concerned with self definition, with the attempt to reconcile a feeling of exile and homelessness Frequently taking the form of character studies and first person narratives, Gloria s poems poignantly illuminate the common man s search for connection to the self and to the world Eugene Gloria s Drivers at the Short Time Motel is propelled by an imagistic sincerity and paced lyricism Each poem seems to embody the plain spoken as well as the embellishments that we associate with classical and modern Asian poetry Though many of the poems address the lingering hurt of cultural and economic imperialism, worlds coexist in the same skin through magical imagery Gauged by a keen eye, history is scrutinized, but through a playful exactness These wonderful poems are trustworthy Yusef Komunyaaka

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    One thought on “Drivers at the Short-Time Motel

    1. Chairness on said:

      Beautiful book of poems, a quick read that will leave you reeling for awhile. His narrative is unique in that no setting is safe.

    2. Tamora Pierce on said:

      I'm not quite sure how I stumbled across Eugene Gloria's work--I think it was in Publisher's Weekly. I read HOODLUM BIRDS first, and liked it so much that I thought I would try this collection. This all sounds like so-what-big-deal, so I should explain--for at least thirty years I have loathed poetry. Loathed it. Wouldn't touch it. I might read W. H. Auden if no one nagged me about it, or e. e. cummings. I infinitely prefer the verse folk: Ogden Nash and Dorothy Parker.But I stumbled across Gwen [...]

    3. Steven on said:

      In this National Poetry Series winner, chosen by Yusef Komanyakaa, Eugene Gloria creates an interesting tapestry of images and language from a speaker who is tight roping between two cultures. Divided into three sections, the collection works its way through the immigration experience, to a family’s painful assimilation process in America, and finally to a more personal series of poems that shows the difficulty of trying to merge one’s existence when it is pulled between two sets of values, [...]

    4. Patricia Murphy on said:

      A beautiful collection: so much movement between eras, cultures, and images. Some of my favorite moments:She gathers herself like mist. The old in our building are prisoners of good manners.I watch the night my father has become.I dreamed over and over my death from drowning, eight eternal seconds.He is among the sleepless angels revising his life.The stone button on your ear is green as beans, and bright as fireflies.

    5. Stephen on said:

      Any poet is who is an obvious fan of Robert Lowell's Skunk Hour is going to be a favorite of mine! =)

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