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This book is a powerful examination of life in America for Filipino Americans and people of Asian descent. Bayani doesn't preach, but he comes across as an energetic pastor, thoughtful, graceful and ready. This arsenal of work he has been sitting on for the past decade is funny, political, well crafted verses that shines a light on what it means to be an American, an artis This book is a powerful examination of life in America for Filipino Americans and people of Asian descent. Bayani doesn't preach, but he comes across as an energetic pastor, thoughtful, graceful and ready. This arsenal of work he has been sitting on for the past decade is funny, political, well crafted verses that shines a light on what it means to be an American, an artist, A Filipino.


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This book is a powerful examination of life in America for Filipino Americans and people of Asian descent. Bayani doesn't preach, but he comes across as an energetic pastor, thoughtful, graceful and ready. This arsenal of work he has been sitting on for the past decade is funny, political, well crafted verses that shines a light on what it means to be an American, an artis This book is a powerful examination of life in America for Filipino Americans and people of Asian descent. Bayani doesn't preach, but he comes across as an energetic pastor, thoughtful, graceful and ready. This arsenal of work he has been sitting on for the past decade is funny, political, well crafted verses that shines a light on what it means to be an American, an artist, A Filipino.

30 review for Amulet: A Collection of Poetry

  1. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    Somewhere between 4.5 and 5 stars and holy wow I loved this so much. There’s a tangible feeling to each poem in this collection and even the ones that I didn’t necessarily feel a deep connection to still stirred me. Bayani is a master with words and he really made me feel things, the emotion held in each page seems raw and wild yet he managed to write with the control needed to capture them and I am in awe. I went into this with relatively high expectations and they were exceeded.

  2. 5 out of 5

    dust

    I received a free ecopy of this from NetGalley. This was certainly an interesting book of poetry, with some pieces not quite seeming like poems at all, but something larger and grander than that. The content itself was stellar. It touched on a great deal of themes and issues, especially very complex and difficult ones that the author has, apparently, dealt with in his life. From conflicts with racism, culture, and identity to the loss of language and family. They speak widely and are all told very I received a free ecopy of this from NetGalley. This was certainly an interesting book of poetry, with some pieces not quite seeming like poems at all, but something larger and grander than that. The content itself was stellar. It touched on a great deal of themes and issues, especially very complex and difficult ones that the author has, apparently, dealt with in his life. From conflicts with racism, culture, and identity to the loss of language and family. They speak widely and are all told very well, with a comfortable rhythm from poem to poem. Many lead almost seamlessly into the next in a way that keeps you reading and gives a cohesion to the overall experience that improves its readability. Plus, it helps that some issues are dealt with using dry wit and humour, and it's usually done quite well. Overall, though, I believe that my favourite aspect was the imagery. There were some very excellent metaphors and similes used throughout the book and I found myself highlighting a number of favourites. Bayani does an excellent job at evoking the feelings and images he wants using some truly interesting phrasing that I, personally, loved.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jai

    After a Jason Bayani poem, sometimes all you can say is, “Damn.” At 84 pages, Amulet may cause excessive cursing. And not just to God, but to other “thing[s] just out of reach” (45), all the hollering forged into an object that will protect us from harm. His hands both a curled fist and a prayer, Bayani waits . . . waits for this noise to take the shape of language. --> READ MORE AT LANTERN REVIEW After a Jason Bayani poem, sometimes all you can say is, “Damn.” At 84 pages, Amulet may cause excessive cursing. And not just to God, but to other “thing[s] just out of reach” (45), all the hollering forged into an object that will protect us from harm. His hands both a curled fist and a prayer, Bayani waits . . . waits for this noise to take the shape of language. --> READ MORE AT LANTERN REVIEW

  4. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    My review of Jason Bayani's Amulet: A Collection of Poetry appears in Glint Literary Journal, issue 4, Spring-Summer 2013: http://www.glintliteraryjournal.com/c... My copy was provided by Netgalley. My review of Jason Bayani's Amulet: A Collection of Poetry appears in Glint Literary Journal, issue 4, Spring-Summer 2013: http://www.glintliteraryjournal.com/c... My copy was provided by Netgalley.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey Beat

    I loved this.

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    Britney

    cool

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