Invocation to Daughters
Invocation to Daughters
City Lights Spotlight Series No. 16





Publishers Weekly, starred review

"'I am not your ethnic spectacle,'" declares Reyes in her powerful fifth collection. 'I write whether or not you invite my words.' Reyes fuses elegy, psalm, prayer, and the language of protest as a challenge to hegemonic, patriarchal, and colonialist narrative-making. Moving among English, Spanish, and Tagalog, Reyes chronicles the ways legal and judicial systems fail to protect Filipina women such as Mary Jane Veloso, who sits on death row in Indonesia, and Jennifer Laude, a trans woman murdered by a U.S. Marine stationed in the Philippines. She boldly exposes and documents violence against Pinay women while also embracing a liminal, transitory, trilingual identity: 'This lyric-making me, now a dazzling we.' Reyes writes with conviction about the various ways imperialism transforms women into 'capital, collateral, damaged soul.' However, the women that appear throughout the book are not merely victims; in Reyes's radical cosmology, these women—these daughters—are rebels, saints, revolutionaries, and torchbearers, 'sharp-tongued, willful.' This book is a call to arms against oppressive languages, systems, and traditions, all that 'strips us of our kick and grit.' In choosing to be ethical, and by refusing to submit to oppression, Reyes writes, 'We rise/ And in writing, we restore our lives.’”—Publishers Weekly


"Barbara Jane Reyes reads a poem for the PoetryNow podcast series"
Oct 10, 2017

Barbara Jane Reyes reads the poem, "Psalm for Mary Jane Veloso" for the PoetryNow podcast series that was also broadcasted on WFMT Radio.


"Fall 2017 Announcements: Poetry"
Jun 23, 2017

Invocation to Daughters featured in the seasonal poetry preview.

- Alex Crowley

"City Lights to Publish 'Invocation to Daugthers' by Barbara Jane Reyes"
Apr 10, 2017
- Creative Work Fund

"For Better, for Verse: Poetry 2017"
Mar 31, 2017

Invocation to Daughters is included in this list of books that are "urgent as ever" in todays' political climate.

- Publishers Weekly