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The Conversion

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Graciel Bautista

on 24 October 2016

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Transcript of The Conversion

Girl who drowned somewhere
Bubbles springing like flowers
She is dying
Water
Better off dead
Bitter Breath
We die to rise to a better life
J. NEIL GARCIA
MOOD
The poem has a brooding or unhappy mood from the start and shifts at the end to a mood of relief.
TONE
It has a somber tone. Everything you read is gloomy. The speaker/character suppresses itself from the start till the end. It looks like them poem is for mourning because he has regrets about his past but was able to end it. You can feel the sadness gloomy feeling of the speaker.
SETTING
Deepest corner of dead mother’s cabinet
Girl or Boy
Same girl sinking deeper
Churning void
Diversion
Holes on my ears grew smaller
Redeemed
THEMES
Gender orientation

Character

Masculinity

Family
The Conversion
THE CONVERSION: A MURDER STORY
Why did the persona say that the "girl who drowned" in the metal drum is someone who died "in a dream many dreams ago"?
What do you think of people who admit that they are gays or homosexuals? Would it make a difference if a gay man/woman acts straight? Explain your answer.
AB Journalism, Magna Cum Laude (University of Santo Tomas, 1990)
MA in Comparative Literature (1995)
PhD in English Studies: Creative Writing (2003)
Professor of English, creative writing and comparative literature at the College of Arts and Letters
Associate for Poetry at the Likhaan: U.P. Institute of Creative Writing
Closet Quivers (1992)
Slip/pages: Essays in Philippine Gay Criticism (1998)
The Sorrows of Water (2000)

Literary and cultural criticism
Philippine Gay Culture: The Last Thirty Years (1996); National Book Award by the Manila Critics Circle
An editor of the famous Ladlad series of Filipino gay writing and anthologies of Likhaan
Four children, all boys
Joy of my manhood
Bathroom roofed over with plastic
Scrubbed and clean
I hit her
Swill
I own their souls
Main setting:
House
Minor settings:
Cabinet
Open bathroom
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