Someone asked me, how do I write poems?
I said, I took my heart and sprinkled it in every word of my poem. When I cannot scream the truth in my head and the bottled emotions in my heart, that's when my pen does the job by tattooing all of them on a piece of paper. Being a migrant, living alone, miles apart from my family, the pen has been there all the time to encode my thoughts. When my ink dries up, I noticed all the shadows of my past, but if you will open your heart while reading every piece of this book, you will realize that this book is more than just a shadow of my life experiences. The lessons I learned, the strength I gained after facing all the challenges, how I managed to pick up all the pieces of my broken heart and how I composed myself to stand up and start anew after falling so many times; I can say that my book is “More Than Just A Shadow”. Behind this book are all the people who serve as my inspiration to keep on going despite failures for me to achieve my..
Originally from the Island of Marinduque, the heart of the Philippines, Rea Maac has been working in Singapore since 2010. Her poem "Alikabok" was shortlisted for the Migrant Workers Poetry Competition 2016 and was included in the anthology Songs from a Distance. She also contributed to the books Our Homes, Our Stories: Voices of Migrant Domestic Workers in Singapore, and Call and Response: A Migrant/Local Poetry Anthology. Her also poems appeared in Journals and e-book like The Tiger Moth Eco Journal and Translating Migration: Multilingual Poems of Movement.