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Publisher — Nightboat
Date Published — November 13, 2018
ISBN — 9781937658861

ESL or You Weren't Here

Aldrin Valdez

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Publisher — Nightboat
Date Published — November 13, 2018
ISBN — 9781937658861
ESL or You Weren’t Here tells the story of a queer Pinoy who immigrates to New York in the 1990s in order to be reunited with their parents. What follows is the poet’s awakening to the legacy of American imperialism & colonialism in the Philippines, and to the experience of living between languages, cultures, temporalities, and genders—untranslatable. ESL asks the reader to bear witness to embodied histories of forced immigration, separation and abandonment rooted in patriarchal racism.