From Unincorporated Territory [åmot] (National Book Award Winner)

From Unincorporated Territory [åmot] (National Book Award Winner)

by Craig Santos Perez
From Unincorporated Territory [åmot] (National Book Award Winner)

From Unincorporated Territory [åmot] (National Book Award Winner)

by Craig Santos Perez


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The very definition of poetry that rewards the reader. Visually and experimentally told, these poems offer healing in the face of loss in all its forms. This is innovative, inspiring poetry that appeals to any fan of the written word.

Winner of the National Book Award for Poetry, this collection of experimental and visual poems dives into the history and culture of the poet’s homeland, Guam.
This book is the fifth collection in Craig Santos Perez’s ongoing from unincorporated territory series about the history of his homeland, the western Pacific island of Guåhan (Guam), and the culture of his indigenous Chamoru people. “Åmot” is the Chamoru word for “medicine,” commonly referring to medicinal plants. Traditional Chamoru healers were known as yo’åmte; they gathered åmot in the jungle and recited chants and invocations of taotao’mona, or ancestral spirits, in the healing process.
Through experimental and visual poetry, Perez explores how storytelling can become a symbolic form of åmot, offering healing from the traumas of colonialism, militarism, migration, environmental injustice, and the death of elders.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781632431189
Publisher: Omnidawn Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 04/05/2023
Pages: 148
Sales rank: 411,034
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.40(d)
Language: Chamorro

About the Author

Craig Santos Perez is an indigenous Chamoru from the Pacific Island of Guåhan (Guam). He is the coeditor of six anthologies; the author of poetry collections including Habitat Threshold and his ongoing from unincorporated territory series; and the author of the monograph, Navigating Chamoru Poetry: Indigeneity, Aesthetics, and Decolonization. He is professor in the English department at the University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa. Perez has received the National Book Award for Poetry, American Book Award, Pen Center USA/Poetry Society of America Literary Prize, Hawaiʻi Literary Arts Council Award, Nautilus Book Award, and the George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature from the Associated Writing Programs.
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