• Made in the Philippines

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    (An Ekphrastic Poem)

    I am body, mind and soul
    Made in the Philippines,
    Vicariously reassembled
    In Hollywood and Disney Land,
    Physically transplanted
    In the Statue of Liberty’s
    Verdigris-patinated arms,
    Recycled Into the Great
    American Nightmare,
    And exported back and
    Quickly dumped on Smokey
    Mountain in the third-world
    Country of my original
    Manufacture as used, soggy,
    Stinking brown merchandise
    Relabelled as white trash.

    * Made in the Philippines, artwork by Matt Manalo, member of the Filipino American Artists Directory who received a BFA in Painting with a minor in Art History from the University of Houston.

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