Praise Song for Oceania

“Praise your capacity for birth / fluid currents and trenchant darkness.” In this short film directed by Justyn Ah Chong, poet Craig Santos Perez reads “Praise Song for Oceania,” which appears in his collection Habitat Threshold (Omnidawn, 2020). Perez’s latest collection, from unincorporated territory [lukao] (Omnidawn, 2023), the fourth in an ongoing series about his homeland of the Pacific Island of Guåhan (Guam), won the National Book Award in poetry.