This is For the Mostless by Jason Magabo Perez

I just finished up a wonderfully generative conversation with poet and ethnic studies professor, Jason Magabo Perez. We’re currently plotting and scheming for national poetry month in April.

Thanks to my friend and colleague, Dr. Lucy Burns at UCLA for recording and posting this to You Tube.

Here’s a description of the event where this poem was performed:

UCLA, Powell Library. January 17, 2018: A Celebration of the book, “This Is For The Mostless.” This book is a lyrical collection of autobiographical poems, essays, fictions, and oral histories written by Jason Magabo Perez. Moving against discipline and genre, these stories and sympathies are filled with familia and trauma, and cast with wildly divergent figures both iconic and obscure such as Perez’s own mother – a Filipina migrant nurse who in 1976 was framed by the FBI for murder. Ultimately, Perez celebrates and mourns the multiple migrations and afterlives of grandmothers, gangsters, girlfriends, superheroes, and poets. This event is part of a speaker series titled “The Philippines and its Elsewheres.” It is a series that explores the politics of knowledge production, university education, and global citizenship with Filipino Studies as its launching point. It is concerned with what interconnectivity across borders enables and demands, as forms and politics of the global continually shifts. Winter and Spring quarters 2018. The Philippines and its Elsewhere is a speaker series presented by the Asian American Studies Department and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies. Sponsors include the UCLA International Studies Institute, the Institute for American Cultures, and the Center for Asian American Studies. With support from the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, UCLA Office of Instructional Development, UCLA Library, and the Department of Comparative Literature. This event is also a part of UC Irvine Asian American Studies’s The Afterlives of Martial Law, an interdisciplinary digital archive-building project and public programs that document Marcos’s martial law (1972-1981) and its impact on Los Angeles-based communities. Professor Christine Bacareza Balance leads this project, in partnership with media organization Visual Communications, and Southern California scholars, artists, and archivists.