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Names Above Houses (Crab Orchard Series in Poetry)

by Oliver de la Paz

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The poems in this collection follow Fidelito and his family from the Philippines to the United States. I enjoyed how different folk tales weave into the family story, particularly the bird imagery. De la Paz is clearly a talented poet--among my favorites in the collection are "Insects in Maria Elena's Kitchen," "Fidelito Sails over Manila," "School Years," "The Fourth Madonna," and "An Anatomy of Birds." Three and a half stars; I really did enjoy this.

Here is one of my favorite excerpts from "At Sea Domingo Learned to Steady His Hand" (Fidelito watches his father shaving):

The faucet's slurred talk: a hair the drain could not swallow, the sounds of / a wet deck's sway as sea-storms rock iron ships like empty plastic cups in / the wind.

Fidelito's father, his eyes filled with boats and sailor's boots, steadies / himself by spreading his feet wide like the stance of a man guarding a / door, like a man whose balance is turned by wave-crest and spume at the / hull side. The blade's prow cuts through the Pacific, past the mountains of / his face like a tiller, like the furrow of his boy's forehead in surprise when / Domingo cuts himself and the water in the sink blossoms. ( )
  anru | Aug 26, 2007 |
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In Names above Houses, Oliver de la Paz uses both prose and verse poems to create the magical realm of Fidelito Recto—a boy who wants to fly—and his family of Filipino immigrants. Fidelito’s mother, Maria Elena, tries to keep her son grounded while struggling with her own moorings. Meanwhile, Domingo, Fidelito's fisherman father, is always at sea, even when among them. From the archipelago of the Philippines to San Francisco, horizontal and vertical movements shape moments of displacement and belonging for this marginalized family. Fidelito approaches life with a sense of wonder, finding magic in the mundane and becoming increasingly uncertain whether he is in the sky or whether his feet are planted firmly on the ground.

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