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.
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.