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Meditations on My Name
[ Awst Press, March 2018 ]
A non-fiction chapbook containing linked mini-essays, each a meditation on the names I've known and been called, and how these names evoke love, intimacy, heartbreak, history, and home.
My love does not know his name.
That isn’t true, exactly. He has a name. He has a first name, named after a saint. He has a middle name, which I’ve never seen him write beyond an initial. He has a last name, which sometimes he tells me are roses and sometimes he tells me are a field of horses. One day I look it up and I see it means gardenia, in Spanish, in Tagalog, the same word in two different languages because the Spanish conquered his people.