Tattered Boat. Quezon City: University of the Philippines Press, 2014.
The Beauty of Ghosts. Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2010.
Introduction to José Garcia Villa/Doveglion: Collected Poems. New York: Penguin Classics, 2008.
Museum of Absences. Quezon City & San Francisco: University of the Philippines Press and Meritage Press, 2004.
The Arctic Archipelago and Other Poems. Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University, Office of Research and Publications, 1992. Reissued as an e-book by AdeMU Press.
Her Beauty Likes Me Well. Poems by myself and by David Friedman. Introduction by Richard Eberhart. New York: Petrarch Press, 1979.
RE: Reviews, Reflections, Recollections. Quezon City: University of the Philippines Press, 2015. Winner, Best Book of Essays in English, 2016, National Book Awards, Manila.
A History of the Philippines: From Indios Bravos to Filipinos. New York: Overlook Press, 2010. Second edition, 2014.
Eye of the Fish: A Personal Archipelago. Semiautobiographical work combining reportage, travel diaries, and memoir, examining cultural hybridity and neo-colonialism, with the Philippines as both foreground and background. 382 pp. New York: Kaya Press, 2001. Winner, Pen Open Book and Asian American Writers Literary awards, 2002.
Memories of Overdevelopment: Reviews and Essays of Two Decades. A collection of previously published work. Manila: Anvil Press, 1998.