Steeped in histories and cartographies, Aileen I. Cassinetto’s The Pink House of Purple Yam Preserves & Other Poems transports you into another realm. Lyrical and thoughtful juxtaposition, Cassinetto’s poems delve into pasts threading them together into a majestic tapestry. The pink house representing childhood memories and worldly travels. The purple jam or ube as they call it in the Philippines is a delicacy unto its own. Cassinetto’s collection comprises of finely crafted poems, prose and essays, which weaves a story of migration into earthly and divine dominions.
—Cristina Querrer, author of “By Astrolabes & Constellations” and “The Art of Exporting”
THE PINK HOUSE OF PURPLE YAM PRESERVES & OTHER POEMS
Publisher: Our Own Voice & Little Dove Books
Release Date: October 2018
Library of Congress Control Number: 2018947614
Aileen Ibardaloza’s first book is a charmer more than a disarmer of the complicated relationships between men and women, mothers and daughters, or colonized and colonizer. The intensity of her voice is not unlike the Chilean poet Gabriela Mistral with llantos like these: “I say it’s all right./Yes, if I ever lose my mouth” and “My old same hides/her face behind a fan.” Traje de Boda belongs on any serious bookshelf of contemporary poetry.
—Nick Carbó, author of “Chinese, Japanese, What are These?”