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Comments from Back CoverUnsentimental but imbued with fierce emotion. Heaven Is Just Another Country is a poet's intense odyssey. Jaime Jacinto has the true traveler's eye, whose memory and sense of loss render landscapes and the people who inhabit them hauntingly luminous. Whether in Montmartre, a barrio, the colonial classroom, or a girlie bar, his voyage remains austerely spiritual. These poems behave like maps with secrets.
-Luis H. Francia, editor of Brown River, White Ocean
Jaime Jacinto's range is impressive - from the bittersweet and elegiac title poem to the moral outrage and gritty music at the heart of Nightfall, Angeles City, Heaven Is Just Another Country is a strong collection of poems by one of our most gifted poets.
The poems of Jaime Jacinto take us on a journey of departures and arrivals, of belonging to a world fragmented by history, as well as by family stories. More than a travelogue or a personal search for self-meaning and identity, his poems map out a road we have all been on. His voice is both lyrical and broodingly earnest.
Background on Jaime JacintoBorn in Manila in 1954, Jaime Jacinto immigrated with his family to San Francisco, where he was raised in the city's Richmond District. He was educated in local Catholic schools and later at the University of California, Santa Cruz. After travelling extensively throughout Mexico, Central and South America, he now lives in Fairfax, California with his wife, Victoria and their two daughters, Camille and Alexis. Presently, he teaches at San Francisco State University. Along with Jeff Tagami and Shirley Ancheta, founding members of the Bay Area Pilipino American Writers' Workshop, he co-edited the groundbreaking anthology of Filipino American Poetry, Without Names. His translations of poems from Spanish of Asian South American poets have appeared in This Wanting to Sing, A Collection of Asian South American Poets.
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