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    Poetry Review

    This issue, we feature a poem by A.A Saba Europe by A.A. Saba We came seeking refuge in your streets because you destroyed and violated the homes of our ancestors we came with memories of our loved ones in our souls and with two empty hands trying to keep our children safe We are the dreamers who wandered through your hypocritical borders and you dare to call us savages after the madness you made us walk through   I came as I was I came as I am finding scattered fragments of my soul on your streets still remember how your pulse tickled my heart and the colors of your…

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    Filipino Beauty Inheritance

    By: Julia Martyr Filipino Beauty Inheritance   Illness isn’t the only thing the colonizers brought, but also eurocentric beauty ideals to pass down  from one generation to the next. “You’re so dark, you look like the help.”   Our people have internalized: the distaste of blackness  the cravings of whiteness. Clear your palate  or else— nothing will ever satisfy your appetite.   “Ah, maganda [so beautiful]! I wish my skin was as fair as hers.”   Value should not be assigned  based on the shade of your skin.   Pale skin translates to: wealth,sophistication, priviledge; The elites who could afford to escape harsh labor under the scorching sun.   Dark…

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    07-07-05

    By: A.A Saba 07-07-05 1. Now be quiet river He will never taste you again Be still wind You will never caress his honey skin again Hush sweet earth He will never touch you again Let time die for a moment Let this day be absent for this life Let the stars stop shining, for my eyes have been robbed of a sweet soul 2. Now the street of Babylon are bloodied then before Brother kills brother Neighbour murders neighbour And the value of a life has lost it’s significance Never has a soul been so cheap Never has the sorrow been so painful So take my hand Sjeherazade And…

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    Are You Sure You’re Asian?

    By: Aria Mallare You can’t hold a color wheel against My skin and tell me that you Don’t believe that I’m Asian just because You think that my skin Is too dark to paint your walls You can’t exclude me from the table because  I don’t “eat cats and dogs” or because my plate is filled with food you refuse to try  You can’t mix all of my people into a por flavored with your fantasies and delusions It is not your place to package and label us When you don’t even know what’s inside  Asia is more than three countries and  Is home to 4.5 billion people  My reflection…