Friday, May 31, 2013

Good News for the Price of a Wound

I've been so unlucky lately! It's hard not to read into things when you've consistently been waking up at 3 a.m., and something bad happens everyday!

It started with shoes. I wanted a new pair of boots, because I destroyed two pairs of sandals from walking so much. I need sturdier shoes, obviously. My bf and I went around Landmark looking for a good pair, and we found an excellent pair of army-style boots. Unfortunately, when they got my size, I discovered that the left shoe felt too tight. I examined the size, and indeed, it was a size smaller. MY SIZE DID NOT HAVE A PAIR. Who does that to a good pair of shoes?

The next day, I went to find the same brand of shoes in Landmark Makati. I found them. I asked the saleslady if I can just use my card to pay, because the line at the ATM is too long, plus the mall was closing soon. The saleslady said yes. When we arrived at the counter, all card transactions came OFFLINE.

Thanks. No shoes for me once again.

The next day, on my way to work, I couldn't find anything to ride. A jeep came by, and I thought I was in luck. But the damned driver revved up the engine as I was still climbing up the step. I ended up getting off balanced and skinning my shin. Bled profusely, and needed two types of Tetanus shots! My arms are still hurting from the vaccines.

Those are three bad events. I started to think maybe I'm paying for the good news I've been getting. I got another one, my poem "The Unsaid Apologies While on the Train" received an acceptance from Phillip Levine, the poetry editor of Chronogram Magazine. It will be published this June 2013.

I should probably visit an albularyo or someone who can exorcise me of this slew of calamities. Can't stand this anymore! :(

Friday, May 24, 2013

MMDA Chairman VS Dan Brown's 'Inferno'

Here is Tolentino's letter to Dan Brown.

And what I think happened here...

Manila as Gates of Hell is the persona's fictional experience of the city. A detail often forgotten by readers is that the persona is not (always) the author. The persona's reality is different from everyone else's reality. MMDA chairman's opinion of Manila as 'entry to heaven,' which he imposes upon Dan Brown, may be a reflection of his (more privileged?) experience of the city.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Style Bulok

Usong uso ngayong post-elections: Saying the poor are not stupid; they just need to be EDUCATED more. Yeah, keep telling yourselves that.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

So Early and I Got My Maximum Dose of Cute Already

Because sometimes you just need a little push to achieve your dreams:

We are not stupid! We are not!

Okay, so I read an open letter of sorts that addresses everyone who called the Philippines stupid for putting into power the ones we did during the recently-closed elections.

Just to get this out there, no, I didn't vote. Why? Because I don't believe in the power of my vote. End of story.

Ok, so here are Benjamin Pimentel, the author's, reasons why Filipinos aren't stupid.
  • The number of women in the senate has doubled
  • (murder-accused) Jack Enrile didn't win
  • (cheater-accused) Migz Zubiri didn't win
  • Leni Robredo won against the powerful Villafuerte clan.
I'm not sure if he's making a case for us winning a lesser evil in his article.

More women? Does that make things better? Sure, I'd love to see a society ruled by an equal number of men and women, but I think that's beside the point. For instance, Poe and Binay won by virtue of popularity and name recall. Is that supposed to count as female emancipation when both depended on their fathers' names?

Secondly, are we going to list down everyone else who didn't win and celebrate their non-winning as a show of intelligent voting? I didn't win (oh, wait, I didn't run either), but I don't think that adds any meaning to this event.

As for Leni Robredo's victory, can this event speak for all of us? How many Robredo-types do we have in the Senate? *tick-tock you're out of time*

Mr. Pimentel would have to be more convincing than that, I think.

Monday, May 20, 2013

MACONDO: Poetry & Peace from QC to Colombia (posting a bit late)


MOV Fest, in cooperation with World Poetry Movement, presents MACONDO: Poetry & Peace from QC to Colombia on May 14, 2013, 6:30-10 pm at Primero Casa Filipino, 26 Scout Torillo cor. Scout Fernandez Streets, Timog, Quezon City.

The event's done. I'm posting a bit late. Been up to all sorts of things, like baking, eating and baking... Oh man, gotta get this under control!

From Kalatas, the official publication of the Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL):

The night will feature some of the country’s poets and musicians like Aldrin Pentero, Andrea Duerme, Anne Carly Abad, Butch Bandillo, Che Sarigumba, Dakila Cutab, Dave Buenviaje, Diwa De Leon, Gemino Abad, Jam Perez, Jeff Pagaduan, Joey Baquiran, Joel Pablo Salud, Joel Toledo, Karl Orit, Khavn De La Cruz, Loaf Fonte, Lourd De Veyra, Marne Kilates, Marra Lanot, Mikael Co, Neal Imperial, Pete Lacaba, RR Cagalingan, Siege Malvar, Totel De Jesus, Rafael San Diego, and Yvette Perez.

MACONDO is an expression of solidarity with the peace talks between the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) being carried out in Havana, Cuba. Through the joint effort of the World Poetry Movement and Word in the World, at least 200 poetry readings and art activities have been organized in 117 cities from 63 countries.
Over 850 poets, artists, intellectuals and scientists from 139 nations signed a statement supporting this global campaign, which began last February, created from the efforts of world poetry to help solve some of the deepest humanitarian crises of our time, war, the deterioration of the lives of people and nature, and the material and cultural poverty of millions of human beings.
The World Poetry Movement seeks to sensitize humanity regarding the dangers that threaten all forms of life on Earth, the need to build a process of spiritual unity in the world, and the urgency of global peace with social justice, in dignity, beauty and the splendor of existence.
More Information from the World Poetry Movement Website.

Here are some photos from the event c/o Sir Joel Pablo Salud, who has a new book out by the way. It's entitled "The Distance of Rhymes and Other Tragedies"

New Book! Gotta get my hands on this...

and onto the actual photos...

The Poster

Poets Pete Lacaba and Marra Lanot.
Joel Toledo

Gemino Abad
Yvette Perez
Rafael San Diego

Dakila Cutab
Pete Lacaba
Che Sarigumba
Dakila and Ralph Lorenz Fonte
Joel Pablo Salud
Anne Carly Abad aka "Lil 'ol Me"
Jam Perez
Khavn De La Cruz

Diwa de Leon & JP Hernande

Friday, May 17, 2013

Up Next, Two Poems to Appear in the International Poetry Review (IPR)

Whew! This has been a busy week for me. Battling sore throat. Another round of antibiotics. Several active accounts to write copy for. Cakes I baked and want to bake.

I haven't been training Muay Thai for a while now. I miss it. But I need to get well first.

This busy week brought me some good news, too. I got two poems accepted in the International Poetry Review (IPR). "Soup Bowls" and "A Site to Behold" are set to appear in the journal's spring issue this June 2013. IPR is published by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

From their website:

Founded in 1975 by Evalyn Pierpoint Gill and dedicated to her belief that the world will be a better place if we cross language barriers to hear the voice of the poet in different countries, International Poetry Review publishes poems from contemporary writers in all languages, with facing English translations. A portion of every issue is dedicated also to work originally in English.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

"Caskets to sleep in" to Appear in Dreams & Nightmares 96 (Sept. 2013)

I was sick again. Waddya know. Maybe I need a triple dose of vitamins. I've been on antibiotics twice already this year, this time for tonsillitis.

Over the weekend, I got cheered up by an acceptance letter for a speculative poem of mine, "Caskets to Sleep In." I am beginning to test the waters of Sci-fi, Fantasy, and Slipstream poetry, and this is my third acceptance for poetry of this kind. I had a lot of fun writing those pieces. I believe I will write some more. I think specpoetry is interesting and beautiful, as I've always been enamored by the work of Poe but have been wondering why there aren't many who write poetry of this kind. Rio Alma happens to be one in the local scene, though he writes in Filipino.

The editor of Dreams & Nightmares magazine sent me his response to my submission promptly (within 3 days! Record breaker I must say). The editor, David C. Kopaska-Merkel, writes:

I would like to buy "Caskets to sleep in" for DN 96 (Sept. 2013). It is a wonderful poem. Can you accept payment by paypal (and to what address)?
Thank you,
Thanks, David and the DN team :)