My Favorite Warlord

By Eugene Gloria

A 3rd assortment from an award-winning poet whose "gift is breathtaking" (Naomi Shihab Nye)

the subjects of identification, relationships, and the poet's feel of foundation are on the middle of Eugene Gloria's wealthy and eye-catching new assortment. The identify poem weaves jointly Japan's sixteenth-century warlord Hideyoshi with a meditation in regards to the poet's father's dementia; "Here on Earth" embraces post-racial the US and the speaker's personal feel of displacement within the Midwest. In elegy and psalm, in addition to old varieties from Asia akin to the haibun and pantoum, those based and passionate poems enact rage, civility, love, trip, and paintings in addition to discover Gloria's personal fears of frailty and erasure.

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