All Heathens
All Heathens is a declaration of ownership―of bodies, of histories, of time. Revisiting Magellan’s voyage around the world, these poems explore the speaker’s Filipino American identity by grappling with her relationship to her family and notions of diaspora, circumnavigation, and discovery. Whether rewriting the origin story of Eve (“I always imagined that the serpent had the legs of a seductive woman in black nylons”), or ruminating on what-should-have-been-said “when the man at the party said he wanted to own a Filipino,” Chan paints wry, witty renderings of anecdotal and folkloric histories, while both preserving and unveiling a self-identity that dares any other to try and claim it.

All Heathens Details

TitleAll Heathens
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 24th, 2020
PublisherSarabande Books
ISBN-139781946448521
Rating
GenrePoetry, Literature, American

All Heathens Review

  • Adrien Julious
    January 1, 1970
    Marianne Chan is a phenomenal writer. Her observances take the reader on an emotional eye-opening exploration of the highest order. From Momotaro in the Philippines, And as I arise from the dreamy fluid- oh, the America, which preserves me. to Counterargument That Goes All the Way Around, making country out of family, family out of country, Marianne Chan is a phenomenal writer. Her observances take the reader on an emotional eye-opening exploration of the highest order. From Momotaro in the Philippines, “And as I arise from the dreamy fluid- oh, the America, which preserves me.” to Counterargument That Goes All the Way Around, “making country out of family, family out of country,“
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  • Dylan
    January 1, 1970
    I read All Heathens over the course of a quiet Saturday afternoon, and I am so glad I did. Favorite poems from this collection include: "Some Words of the Aforesaid Heathen Peoples," "Forgive Them for They Do Not Know What," "The Lives of Saints, "Seafood City," and "Origin Story."
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  • James Joseph Brown
    January 1, 1970
    I love everything about this collection. Chan takes us along on a deeply personal journey exploring both the fluidity and the specificity of identity. I cant wait for her next book. I love everything about this collection. Chan takes us along on a deeply personal journey exploring both the fluidity and the specificity of identity. I can’t wait for her next book.
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