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they didn’t eat dogs.
They didn’t have dogs.
If they had dogs
they would have eaten them.
This poem, “Dogmeat,” is one of the opening poems to Catalina Cariaga’s Cultural Evidence (Subpress Collective). I really can’t think of a better way to start off a collection of poetry concerned with weighing the given anthropological, journalistic, statistical evidence of Filipinos in the world, versus evidence provided via experiential knowledge and memory. Right away, Cariaga is telling folks, don’t readily believe everything you’ve been told about us.
Catalina Cariaga at the Poetry Foundation blog
My post, Catalina Cariaga, Cultural Evidence (Subpress Collective, 1999), is up at the Poetry Foundation blog. Here’s an excerpt: