Poetry - To Love as Aswang: Songs, Fragments & Found Objects
THE PHILIPPINE ASWANG is a mythic, monstrous creature which has, since colonial times, been associated with female transgression, scapegoating, and social shaming, known in Tagalog as hiya. In the 21st century, and in diaspora, she manages to endure.
Barbera Jane Reyes's TO LOVE AS ASWANG, the poet and a circle of Filipino American women grapple with what it means to live as a Filipino, or Pinay, in a world that has silenced, dehumanized, and broken the Pinay body. These are poems of Pinay tragedy and perseverance, of re appropriating monstrosity and hiya, sung in polyphony and hissed with forked tongues.