Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 2020

Johanna Emeney, in an interview with the New Zealand Books Council, mentions Ivy Alvarez’s poems, which appear in the Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 2020.

As Jack has done in previous editions, you’ve given some poets more than one poem. How so?

Some of the poems seemed to belong as a ‘set’. For example, Chris Tse’s ghost poems and Ivy Alvarez’s poems based on Filipino sayings.

Poems in diaspora anthology

Ivy Alvarez’s poems feature in To Gather Your Leaving: Asian Diaspora Poetry from America, Australia, UK and Europe, edited by Boey Kim Cheng, Arin Alycia Fong, and Justin Chia, and published by Ethos Books.

To Gather Your Leaving

First review of Diaspora: Volume L

Natalie Linh Bolderston reviews Ivy Alvarez’s latest poetry collection for harana poetry:

Ivy Alvarez’s fifth collection, Diaspora: Volume L, is made up of beautiful vignettes with Filipino sayings at their cores, which portray charged moments in romantic relationships and everyday interactions with the world. Each title is an idiom, and acts as the linguistic scaffold around which a poem is deftly built. In this way, Alvarez is able to deconstruct and interrogate language and contextual meanings at a highly granular level, and craft a series of compelling re-interpretations. The brevity of each poem is perhaps a testament to Alvarez’s knack for delving straight to the core of a moment, whether domestic or public. Each vignette is a distillation – a quick, intense flash of experience.

Read the rest here.