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To Love as Aswang by Barbara Jane Reyes


PAWA is pleased to announce the publication of To Love as Aswang, by Barbara Jane Reyes.

Book Description: 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. Barbara 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 Filipina, or Pinay, in a world that has silenced, dehumanized, and broken the Pinay body. These are poems of Pinay tragedy and perseverance, of reappropriating monstrosity and hiya, sung in polyphony and hissed with forked tongues.

To Love as Aswang is award-winning Pinay poet Barbara Jane Reyes's fourth full-length poetry collection, and it is available for course adoption. Please contact us at if you are interested in teaching this title.

To Love as Aswang: Songs, Fragments, and Found Objects

Poems by Barbara Jane Reyes

5.5 x 8 | 83 pages

Paperback Original

ISBN 978-0-9763316-8-1


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