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JOSEPH O. LEGASPI, a Fulbright and NYFA fellow, is the author of a previous collection, Imago (CavanKerry Press and University of Santo Tomas Press), and two chapbooks: Aviary, Bestiary and Subways. His poems have appeared in the Academy of American Poets' Poem-a-Day, jubilat, Orion, Painted Bride Quarterly, and Salt Hill. He is the cofounder of Kundiman, a nonprofit organization serving Asian American writers. He lives in Queens, New York, with his husband.


"I'm astonished by what these poems know. From boyhood initiation into beauty as artifice, to full embrace of self in union with a man, all is recalled with love and wonder. Nothing denied, Legaspi conjures the world in voluptuous detail, and the poet's 'disparaged humming body' claims itself, exuberant and triumphant."--Joan Larkin
"Joseph O. Legaspi's Threshold celebrates the wondrous space in which the masculine and feminine energies enrich and unnerve a young man's path to a fully realized self, "immaculate / yet ravaged, tarnished yet holy." These exquisite poems invite us to cross into the "periphery / of sanctuary and danger," farther into the rooms of family and culture, in order to find nourishment in breath, beauty, desire, and love."--Rigoberto Gonzalez

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