Kundiman Love Poems

Kundiman Love Poems

Sarah Gambito’s latest poetry collection,  Loves You  (Persea Books), with  The Essential Rumi .

Sarah Gambito’s latest poetry collection, Loves You (Persea Books), with The Essential Rumi.

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

"On the Discomfort of Being in the Same Room as the Boy You Like" by Sarah Kay

"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