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Kundiman Anniversary Virtual Poem—June 20, 2013

June 20, 2013

how many places have you lived? name each one. come up with one image each. – prompt question for Kundiman Anniversary virtual poem together #Kundiman2013

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My response to the wonderful, hard-working poets at Kundiman:

In the Boogie Down Bronx,


A Where House fell

upon Northridge, L.A.


A roof more secure

and a bard went to Bard


Riding his high through 7 rails,

he met his life in Queens

"Z-Bonics" - Jamez - © 1998 F.O.B. Productions

Inherited more than Downton Jersey

that day,

in love, a place claimed.


Publication Notes: 

Special thanks to Li-Young Lee, Srikanth Reddy, and Lee Ann Roripaugh for supporting emerging Asian American poets. I look forward to reading the limestone. A shout out to staff for sending out that live tweet at their Workshop Retreat at Fordham University, June 19—June 23, 2013. This poem is a sign of respect from the periphery for the brilliant work you do.

Kundiman is dedicated to the creation, cultivation and promotion of Asian American poetry.


Kundiman creates an affirming and rigorous space where Asian American poets can explore, through art, the unique challenges that face the new and ever changing diaspora. We see the arts as a tool of empowerment, of education and liberation, of addressing proactively what legacy we will leave for our future generations as individuals and as a community.

Company Overview:

Kundiman is the classic form of Filipino love song—or so it seemed to colonialist forces in the Philippines. In fact, in Kundiman, the singer who expresses undying love for his beloved is actually singing for love of country. As an organization dedicated to providing a nurturing space for Asian American poets, we find in this name inspiration to create and support poetic expression.

"Z-Bonics" - Jamez - © 1998 F.O.B. Productions

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