Speak: A Poetry Project

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Speak: A Poetry Project

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The indigenous peoples of the Philippines have languages as rich and beautiful as their culture. Their words are intrinsically musical, with pauses that sound like rests in a musical score and ks and ngas held at the back of the throat like an echo in a cave. But amazingly, poetry has never been written in some of these dialects.

My students wrote poetry in their native tongue and we translated them into English. The translations fall flat; their poems are stripped of the rhyme, syntax, and lyricism. But even these bare bones capture the voices of my students--individually and collectively--voices that are strengthened together, voices that form the face of this community.

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