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My American Kundiman
Patrick Rosal

This pulsating collection picks up the beat and imagery of Patrick Rosal's thrilling debut, Uprock Headspin Scramble and Dive. Here, though, the poet’s electric narratives and portraits extend beyond the working class streets of urban New Jersey. Modeling poems on the kundiman, a song of unrequited love sung by Filipinos for their country in times of oppression, he professes his conflicted feelings for America, while celebrating and lamenting his various heritages. 

“A stunning collection of poems.”
—Chicago Sun-Times

“Rosal’s vividly syncretic, even sexy works find the present haunted by the recent past, the personal within the political.”
Publishers Weekly

Patrick Rosal is the author of the collections Uprock Headspin Scramble and Dive, Boneshepherds, and Brooklyn Antediluvian. He teaches in the creative writing program at Rutgers–Camden and lives in Philadelphia.

Paperback / $13.95 (Can $17.50) / ISBN 978-0-89255-330-3 / 68 pages / Poetry