In “leaflight, earthlight,” JoAnn Balingit composes poems that forage beautifully to find what will suffice. — Arthur Sze, author of The Redshifting Web and The Ginkgo Light
JoAnn Balingit’s Forage is a passionate and heartbreaking collection. Often grounded in the natural world, Balingit’s lush imagery and sure music reverberate throughout these poems. Her prosody is as crisp and unflinching as Sylvia Plath’s in lines like “my mother glints like a polished shield.” I am smitten by this small collection of poems that explodes from a huge heart foraging through a complex family history (Filipino/ Anglo) punctuated by misunderstanding, loss and struggle, and arriving at what we call love, then finally, grace. — Pamela Uschuk, author of Crazy Love
Whether JoAnn Balingit is singing the blues about her lost Philippine ancestry or weaving a love song to a muskrat or catching the upswing of a jazzy double entendre, this book is a delight to read. Balingit has a gift for metaphor and a keen eye for what is strange and arresting in everyday life. Forage is an accomplished debut. — Jeanne Murray Walker, author of New Tracks, Night Falling
Forage is the winner of the 2010-2011 Whitebird Chapbook Prize from Wings Press.