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Two Poems: Magdaragat
An anthology of Filipino-Canadian writing Magdaragat (Cormorant Books) collects poems and other writings that highlight Filipinx experiences, histories, and identities in Canada.
Read two poems from the collection from Steffi Tad-Y and Karla Comanda.
Two Poems from Magdaragat
Islands Among Mount Pleasant by Steffi Tad-Y
Pockets out of quarters past Pedal Heads & a row of daffodils you misheard flawed as flowered and filled what was missing in the air with Yes everywhere people flower. We left an archipelago whose elders weather heart attack & heat stroke as if illness were a cluster of islands we kept crossing. Water rising up to our hips. Here we live in a city that thinks it can bury the city it stands on. Here we live in a city that unroofs as often as it rains. Under a glass awning we trace patterns on our palms.
arrival by Karla Comanda
o canada i didn’t come to take ownership of anything (except the clothes i have on my carabao back (and maybe the ones in my overweight luggage)) because i don’t belong to this glacial hell you call winter & i don’t understand how your airports can be so deceptive, fooling me that your sun is just as good as the one i left behind. can i call you mine except my blood isn’t rooted here — you iced it over so now it can’t circulate around my sun, crippling me from returning to coconut rays. i have no choice but to stay here so perhaps i should start calling you our home and naive land
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Born and raised in Manila, Philippines, Steffi Tad-y is a poet and writer based in the territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, also known as Vancouver, British Columbia. Her chapbook of poems Merienda published by Rahila’s Ghost Press was nominated for the 2021 bpNichol Chapbook Award. In 2022, she published her debut book of poetry, From the Shoreline, with Gordon Hill Press. Steffi’s poems often reflect on kinship, diasporic geographies, and formations of the mind.
Karla Comanda is a Vancouver-based poet, playwright, editor, translator, educator, and arts administrator. Her poems have appeared in Contemporary Verse 2, filling station, decomp, Poetry is Dead, Room Magazine, and others. She is the 2017 recipient of the Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop’s Jim Wong Chu Emerging Writers’ Award for Poetry. She has taught writing workshops for the UBC Philippine Studies Series, Vancouver Public Library, Migrante BC, La Salle University – Ozamiz, Co.ERASGA, and other organizations and institutions. In 2019, she hosted the Sinag-Araw Writing Workshop, a poetry workshop series created for Filipino youth in the diaspora.
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