Jason Magabo Perez & Kristina Wong @ Antelope Valley College FRI 4/22

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16. April 2016 by Hason
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On Nostalgia

While I should be writing my dissertation, which, I’m learning & realizing, just as I’ve read all over the place & have been told countless times by peers & mentors, is mostly a psychological struggle, I am instead feeling terribly nostalgic & melancholic. I would like to write an essay about this at some point but if I did that now, I’d feel guilty for not working on the dissertation. So, some quick notes:

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14. April 2016 by Hason
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First/New Chapbook published by & available through Red Bird Chapbooks!

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Multi-Genre
52 pages
7″ x 7″ single signature chapbook w/ hand-sewn binding
Publisher: Red Bird Chapbooks
Date: March 2016

An eclectic and energizing collection of poems, essays, and experimental fiction, Jason Magabo Perez’s Phenomenology of Superhero explores the Filipino American experience with a voracious intelligence and an indelible voice. Fiercely interdisciplinary, Perez’s work explores the relationship between power and otherness in American life, focusing here especially on the relationship between discipline and art, ultimately coming to an “anti-disciplinary” vision of creativity. Touching on such diverse enthusiasms as Michel Foucault, Wolverine of the X-Men, Jorge Luis Borges, Eazy-E, Sara Ahmed, and Buzz Lightyear, this brave chapbook offers every reader something to relate to and something to be challenged by.

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Jason Magabo Perez’s writing invites us to inhabit two time zones—the child’s world of immediacy, where everything is now and here, and the grown-up’s world of discipline, progress and punishment—and it powerfully reminds us of how much is at stake when we abandon the former for the latter.

– SARITA SEE, author of The Decolonized Eye: Filipino American Art and Performance and Executive Director of the Center for Art and Thought

 

“We think, we body. We have come.” Jason Magabo Perez’s Phenomenology of Superhero critiques the kindergarten coloring book of white hetero-normative heroisms. The iconic shapes of Buzz Lightyear, G.I. Joe and the Marvel universe are familiar skins, and Perez shades across their outlines, revealing the traces of discipline underneath language, colonization and power. This book witnesses Perez “lay the crayon on its ribs” and draw the spilt insides of the Filipina/o body in its own im/possible dance.

– JAI ARUN RAVINE, author of แล้ว and then entwine

11. April 2016 by Hason
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Jackmovin 10/10

We read the book soaked in the basin where the fish used to swim.

I want her to stay away or simply say bad words since I am no longer excited about the oven.

I’d like to leave somewhere but there is an inscription on my skin:

You are as misleading as prayer.

This poem is 10/10 in a series. Read the description of the series:
Jackmovin: Poems & Nonessentials for the Lovestruck (2006)

29. December 2015 by Hason
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Jackmovin 9/10

She walks around mocking
what is mine. I catch my breath–
a random consequence, she cries.

I have hell
in my head even as she is still
awake, not striking at all,

Talking
to strangers underneath freeways:
The dimensions of God.

A page wants to be written.

I want to say she resembles a maniac
pink, crucial
to this melodrama
that has nothing to do with love
or politics.

This poem is 9/10 in a series. Read the description of the series:
Jackmovin: Poems & Nonessentials for the Lovestruck (2006)

22. December 2015 by Hason
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Jackmovin 8/10

I have lost my hand
in your hand.

The theatre of impatience:
When in your life you feel like talking

With rain in your mouth.

I like your voice sharing the same error as nature–

Purity is a cry of sweating paper.

Leaving styrofoam in a shoebox, I write
the poem we seek.
Crumbling.

This poem is 8/10 in a series. Read the description of the series:
Jackmovin: Poems & Nonessentials for the Lovestruck (2006)

08. December 2015 by Hason
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First Semester Blues: Diaries of an Adjunct, November 30, 2006, 2006 (6/6)

PHILOSOPHY AND ITS DISCONTENTS AND ITS SHORTCOMINGS AND ITS FAILURES

I do not teach Freudianism nor do I have any intention to obsess over an Austrian neurologist. No intention today, that is. It is the end of the semester. This morning was our last formal class meeting before the Final. I would like to celebrate that I have finally found an identity: I am a Filipino American Greek Thought Instructor.

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30. November 2015 by Hason
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Jackmovin 7/10

No, my eyes are not the sky
where that old woman lives.
But tiredness determines my life.
Black ink in circles appears
to be common practice—
America means you can’t wash
it away: warm cappuccino, the safest
investment, the sanctity of delirium.
Memory for me is nothing but
a magician moved halfway
to the afterlife. This happened long ago
this morning, when you were falling
out of sentences and down the stairs
where I am forever
thinking of doing nothing.

This poem is 7/10 in a series. Read the description of the series:
Jackmovin: Poems & Nonessentials for the Lovestruck (2006)

24. November 2015 by Hason
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New Poetry at The Feminist Wire!

Perez, Jason Magabo. “Loving You, Praxes For.” The Feminist Wire, November 11, 2015.

12. November 2015 by Hason
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Jackmovin 6/10

Who sneaks words into their self
speaking in a state of fidelity?

The cadences forgotten under the rug.

Just because there is music
do not calm down. Remember me–

I am an escapist

Thrown into the world
Undressing you.

Remember me–

Caressing your thigh,
It’s why the sea smells of book dust.

This poem is 6/10 in a series. Read the description of the series:
Jackmovin: Poems & Nonessentials for the Lovestruck (2006)

10. November 2015 by Hason
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