Tuesday, September 29, 2009


Dear City,
Conchitina Cruz

Permit us to refresh your memory: what comes from heaven is always a blessing, the enemy is not the rain. Rain is the subject of prayer, the kind gesture of saints. Dear City, explain your irreverence: in you, rain is a visitor with nowhere to go. Where is the ground that knows only the love of water? Where are the passageways to your heart? Pity the water that stays and rises on the streets, pity the water that floods into houses, so dark and filthy and heavy with rats and dead leaves and plastic. How ashamed water is to be what you have made it. What have you done to its beauty, its graceful body in pictures of oceans, its clear face in a glass? We walk home in the flood and cannot see our feet. We forget to thank the gods for their kindness. We look for someone to blame and turn to you, wretched city, because we are men and women of honor, we feed our children three meals a day, we never miss an election. The only culprit is you, dear city. This is the end of our discussion. There is no other culprit.



Jack Gilbert

Suddenly this defeat.
This rain.
The blues gone gray
And the browns gone gray
And yellow
A terrible amber.
In the cold streets
Your warm body.
In whatever room
Your warm body.
Among all the people
Your absence
The people who are always
Not you.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

9th Ateneo National Writers Workshop

The 9th Ateneo National Writers Workshop wil be held on Oct 19-22 at the Sacred Heart Novitiate in Novaliches, Quezon City.

Eight young writers from a total field of 79 applicants have been awarded fellowships which include board and lodging, a modest stipend, and the opportunity to learn from an esteemed panel of Atenean writers and critics. The fellows are:

For poetry in English: Gian-Paolo Simeon T. Lao (Ateneo de Manila University) and Patricia Angela F. Magno (Ateneo de Manila University); for poetry in Filipino: Marco Antonio R. Rodas (Enverga University) and Patrick Noah R. Bautista (University of the Philippines, Diliman); for fiction in English: Jenette Ethel N. Viscocho (University of the Philippines, Diliman) and Anne Carly Abad (Ateneo de Manila University); and for fiction in Filipino: Mark Benedict F. Lim (Ateneo de Manila University) and Joselito D. Delos Reyes (Philippine Normal University/ De La Salle University).

The workshop is organized by the Ateneo Institute of Literary Arts and Practices, headed officer-in-charge Asst. Professor Alvin B. Yapan, assisted by workshop director Asst. Instructor Yolando B. Jamendang of the Ateneo's Kagawaran ng Filipino.

*galing sa facebook page ni kael*

congrats kanila gian, petra, maki at anne :)

Monday, September 14, 2009

heights 1st regular issue book launch

Friday, September 18, 4:30-6:30, MVP Basement.

kitakits po tayo!


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