Settle

By Theresa Munoz

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Vagabond Voices

Founded in 2008 and based in Glasgow, Vagabond Voices is an independent publisher that is both Scottish and fervently European in its aims. Vagabond is committed to introducing new titles from Scottish authors and translating fiction from other languages. Our library reflects our aims to promote literary ambition and innovative writers, and to challenge readers.

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A digital native and an actual immigrant, poet Theresa Muñoz has considerable personal experience of two subjects that dominate the present day: migration and technology. Born in Canada, she came to Scotland to work and study. Her journey echoed that of her parents, Filipinos who migrated separately from the Philippines in 1970, meeting in Toronto where they worked hard to build new lives. The first of these two sequences of poems, “Settle”, reflects her family’s experience of emigration over several generations. Although she writes of racism and homesickness, her journey has been a happy one and she has a positive take on uprooting herself and settling in another country. The second sequence, “Digital Life”, looks at technology through the eyes of someone who grew up as part of the Facebook generation. Whilst she’s an immigrant in the real world, Muñoz is very much at home online. She finds humour and melancholy in her interactions with Google, Facebook, mobile phones and email, whether it be the frustration felt waiting for someone to text back, the highly stylised way people present themselves on Facebook, or an oddly empathetic relationship with the unvisited twentieth page of a Google search.

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Format Paperback
Imprint Vagabond Voices
Publication Date 15 Mar 2016
ISBN 9781908251633
Number of Pages 74

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"Theresa Muñoz writes with a questioning clarity, a precise observation of the material world undercut by doubts and feelings of impermanence. A sense of movement - whether of migration or language or light - runs through her poems. She has a fresh and engaging take on living in a constantly shifting world.” - James Robertson, poet and novelist

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