Kundiman Love Poems
Kundiman is the classic form of Filipino love song —– or so it seemed to colonialist forces in the Philippines. In fact, in Kundiman, the singer who expresses undying love for his beloved is actually singing for love of country.
Love, we know, is complex: communal, exhalted, ruined, & political. Here is a collection of poems written by Asian American authors that wrestle with the myriad and complex ways that we think and feel about love.
"Honeymoon" by Hala Alyan
"My Love for Nature" by Fatimah Asghar
"First Light" by Chen Chen
"Grace" by Sarah Gambito
"Vows (for a gay wedding)" by Joseph O. Legaspi
"last summer there was some hair in the tide" from Angie Sijun Lou
"Vow" by Diana Khoi Nguyen
"Mountain Dew Commercial Disguised as a Love Poem" by Matthew Olzmann
"Love Poems in the Time of Climate Change" by Craig Santos Perez
"Beam, Robot" by Margaret Rhee
"On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous" by Ocean Vuong