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  1. Book sprung from Susan's visit to Central Luzon and research into the various occupations inflicted on the Philippine people. Reads very much like a more sophisticated version of a lot of Vietnam era soldier poetry, with it's unsentimentality and choppy, focused and rarely musical lines: "The bario women seem hardly to know / they are climbed on, tugged at, scratched / by all these children, precious / and parasitic as orchids." The first section has some devastating poems while the second manag [...]

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