The “Spunk”-y Zora Neale Hurston “speaks pieces”

(A slightly different version of this “mini-paper” was delivered on Friday, 24 February 2012, before select PLM and US Embassy audience on the event of the celebration of Black American Week at the Thomas Jefferson Information Center, US Embassy, Manila.) For most Filipino students, knowledge of black Americans is perhaps limited to Whitney Houston (whose … More The “Spunk”-y Zora Neale Hurston “speaks pieces”

To my son, @ 13

Verbals, and your Dad’s bands; Laguna friends, Magic cards, which like most teens you hoard and are defined by. Fill your insistent life. Dictatorial gadgets, Math 5-5-5, AP and soliloquies. Unexpected triumphs and, Bold, brash Ateneans mount an offensive in your shy, sensitive soul. Fill your troubled nights. The feminine name you bear like a … More To my son, @ 13


Two women look out of a window that looks out to a street. One dreaming of cups and saucers, kitchen towels; the other thinking of another girl and her Spanish name. –October, 2010