Amulet by Jason Bayani

This book is a powerful examination of life in America, particularly for Filipino Americans and people of Asian descent. Bayani doesn't preach, but he comes across as an energetic pastor, thoughtful, graceful and ready. This arsenal of work he has been sitting on for the past decade is full of funny, political, well-crafted verses that shine a light on what it means to be an American, an artist, and a Filipino.

"It is a wonderful thing, this collection, full of breaking and hunger. In thoughtful and deftly crafted poems, he explores the social limitations and contradictions of the masculine, the mouth, tongue, voice. Strong-willed and smart, the language of Bayani's poems pops and bangs, punches, hurls bricks, and then does not flinch from tenderness."

- Barbara Jane Reyes, author of Poeta en San Francisco and Diwata