Author: Luis H. Francia
THE BEAUTY OF GHOSTS attempts to individualize the Filipino immigrant experienced to the United States, and is made of an idiosyncratic suite of poems the poet invisions as a theater of poetry. This work examine the immigrant's life as seen through the eyes of various individuals, ranging from a manong to a teenage rapper, from a nurse to an aging Comfort Woman who has found refuge in Queens, New York. While by no means exhaustive of the U.S. immigrant experience. The Beauty of Ghosts renders that experienced vivid, unsettling and a counterpoint to the stereotypical representation of the American Dream. It had its world premier in 2007, in New York City, at Topaz Arts, a nonprofit performing arts organization in Woodside, Queens, which has a large Filipino community.