Sunday, November 17, 2013

Late Post: The special literary issue of the Silliman Journal launches on December 6

In this issue, my poem "Santa Maria Goretti Asks for a Virtue" appears:


Santa Maria Goretti Asks for a Virtue

I might have been near death
I don’t know where
the rogue truck went
but I met the Santa then
in peasant garb, still a child,
had the hesitant halo
that gave realist artists
such a headache.

Using two fingers
she pinched the nimbus
and lilies fell
to the ground like light
lily white, she muttered.
Apparently, she had a beef
with the flower
that kept replacing the knife
she preferred her idols to hold.
After all these years
must my sainthood rely
on withholding my blossom?


And when I told her she was pure
she laughed and laughed
In heaven you can have everything
but not a virtue
you do not already own.
But what else can a girl have?

Drunk with mirth, she screams
for only a passing soul to hear
Give me another!
Another!
 


Reposting from The Spy in the Sandwhich

The Book Cover
The special literary issue of the Silliman Journal launches on December 6! This special issue of the Silliman Journal — edited by Anthony L. TanMarjorie Evasco, and Grace Monte de Ramos — honors the legacy of two giants in Philippine letters: S.E.A. Write Awardee Edilberto K. Tiempo, in honor of his birth centenary in 2013, and National Artist for Literature Edith L. Tiempo, in honor of her second death anniversary.

The issue includes a preface by Rowena Tiempo-Torrevillas, with contributions by Anne Carly Abad, Gémino S. Abad, Ceres Y.C. Abanil, Merlie Alunan, Adlai Amor, Ronn Andrew Angeles, César Ruìz Aquino, Corin Arenas, Cirilo F. Bautista, Randy Bustamante, Erin Cabanawan, F. Jordan Carnice, Ian Rosales Casocot, Albert Casuga, Thomas David F. Chavez, Elsa Martinez-Coscolluela, Jhoanna Lynne B. Cruz, Vida Cruz, Alice Sun-Cua, Zaldy Dandan, N. Adrian de Pedro, Ricardo M. de Ungria, V.I.S. de Veyra, Simeon M. Dumdum Jr., Felix Fojas, Armand Gloriosa, Michael Aaron Gomez, Asterio Enrico N. Gutierrez, Antonio Hernandez, Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo, Susan S. Lara, Francis B. Macansantos, Priscilla Supnet-Macansantos, Lorna Peña-Reyes Makil, Hansel B. Mapayo, Peter Zaragoza Mayshle, Timothy R. Montes, Homer Novicio, Corinna Arcellana Nuqui, Carla Pacis, Allan Pastrana, Myrna Peña-Reyes, Victor Peñaranda, Mary Ann E. Pernia, Noel P. Pingoy, M. Protacio-De Guzman, Deedle Rodriguez-Tomlinson, Dinah Roma, Melissa Salva, Allen Samsuya, Nadine L. Sarreal, Trish Shishikura, Jojo G. Silvestre, Cherrie Sing, Joshua Lim So, Victor N. Sugbo, Brylle Tabora, Michelle T. Tan, Seann Tan-Mansukhani, Roberto Klemente Timonera, Joel M. Toledo, Tim Tomlinson, Denver Ejem Torres, Renz Christian Torres, John Jack Wigley, Januar Yap, Anna Yin, and Alfred A. Yuson. The photo art is by May Tobias-Papa.
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