We Are No Longer Babaylan

We Are No Longer Babaylan

by Elsa Valmidiano
We Are No Longer Babaylan

We Are No Longer Babaylan

by Elsa Valmidiano


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Literary Nonfiction. California Interest. Asian & Asian American Studies. Women's Studies. "Every word of WE ARE NO LONGER BABAYLAN brilliantly hooks with and hinges on magic, and the magic of possibility. Valmidiano frames the ancient, persistent pain that hammers and chisels Filipina American knowledge with ritual and unrest. She articulates screams and silences, exalting that in order to engage with the Filipina, female, and storied being is to see her in all of her palimpsests. Her prose about the mysteries of waiting, family in manifold forms, and Pinay friendship, features a heartfelt, phenomenal voice declaring, time and time again, women's bodies--of writing, of work, of ceremony--theirs to narrate and protect."--Janice Lobo Sapigao

"When a powerful witch promises revenge before being fed to crocodiles and then, hundreds of years into the future, over decades of colonization and occupation, whispers into the ear of a rebellious girl, the ear of her descendant, a book like WE ARE NO LONGER BABAYLAN is born. Elsa Valmidiano uses language like a bolo cutting through hectares of land overgrown with amnesia and myopia. With this collection of critical and graceful stories, we readers are able to see again with such clarity and light. So much light that the shadows lengthen and then retreat again, a continuous ebb and flow of politicized, personal revelation and cultural examination. Many who read this book--from those of generations who remember demons intimately to the younger generations only now recalling their names--will see a kind of summoning of the Babaylan we 'used to be,' an invitation for her to once again stand by our side."--Trinidad Escobar

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780898233971
Publisher: New Rivers Press
Publication date: 11/01/2020
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 825,407
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Philippine-born and LA-raised, Elsa Valmidiano is a writer and poet who calls Oakland home. Her works have appeared in various literary journals and anthologies. Elsa is an alum of the DISQUIET International Literary Program in Lisbon and Summer Literary Seminars hosted in Tbilisi. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College. She has performed numerous readings throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. The daughter of Filipino immigrants and an infant immigrant herself, her writing oftentimes explores the ways we exist and interact on the personal and community level, given the circumstances of her Motherland's disappearing traditions in her adopted country. WE ARE NO LONGER BABAYLAN is Elsa's debut essay collection.

Table of Contents

I Wait 3

How My Grandparents Made Love In 1944 33

After The Funeral 35

II Massage 41

Sometime After 2 AM 45

III We Are No Longer Babaylan 55

IV Mommy's Two Bellybuttons 75

Down The Rabbit Hole 87

Tbilisi 103

V Every Possible Scenario 109

VI Diversion 119

The Lover That Never Was 123

VII Blighted 129

Morning Routine 141

Code Switch 145

Be, Not Be 147

Gnat 151

VIII Rain Lesson 157

Lifesaver 163

IX Postcard 179

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