Jeff Tagami: a Filipino American Poet

Today, June 23rd, marks the one-year anniversary of the passing of Jeff Tagami. He was a Filipino American poet who was raised in the Pajaro Valley and worked in the Pajaro fields. He who wrote eloquent poems about Filipino and Mexican workers in both the Pajaro and Salinas Valleys (still available in his book, October Light), and also inspired his students (at Cabrillo College) and fellow poets alike. You can see and hear him read in this beautiful little video:

Read more about Jeff Tagami on the Poetry Foundation website. An excerpt from “Song of Pajaro”:

Now Pajaro is tired It wants to sleep
The packing sheds shut down for the night
The trucks close their trailer doors
and the Southern Pacific leaves town
(having got what it wanted)

* Alan Chong Lau remembers Jeff Tagami in “A Conversation About Tofu”
* The Jeff Tagami Online Memorial