The measure of skin navigates the surging waves of anti-identity sweeping the world today, where one’s propensity to stand out in the crowd — because of skin colour and gender persuasion — becomes a howl for acceptance and recognition in the streets where humanity thrives, in the walls where hope breathes, in another’s touch where love resides. They are poems that are not just about love, but of how love and faith in one’s identity transcend the ideals of a normative reality.
Ramon Loyola is a Philippines-born, Australia-based author of four collections of poetry. His poetry, fiction and non-fiction have appeared in or are forthcoming in various online and print journals in Australia and overseas, including Cordite, Rambutan Literary, Gargouille, Tincture Journal, Verity La, Peril, Bluepepper, Blank Rune Press, and Pencilled In. He lives in Sydney and works as a lawyer and legal author. He currently co-edits Verity La’s Discoursing Diaspora project.
Ramon Loyola, The Measure of Skin (db3)2018. 30pp. 120mm x 150mm ISBN
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