The Philippines Graphic Magazine has remained strong throughout the years, thanks to the efforts of dedicated editors Joel Pablo Salud and Ms. Alma Anonas-Carpio. The literary dream lives on!
This is a late post, the result of many things going on in my life, moving jobs and homes being two of them.
In the Graphic's June 9 issue appears my poem "Transit"
This infernal heat--
sun, swelter, pigslush of bodies.
Behind the scenes, someone winds up
a music box playing
the chilling tragedy of transit:
The mob puts Dante's damned
The line is the first circle
of anguish, patience
is no virtue
in this push-and-shove contest
where everyone finishes last
because the trains are a lottery
in themselves. Fickle as storms
they decide whether or not to take you
to your destined haven, serving suffering
with a fleck of hope--
success for some, failure for most.
Until routine sets in,
birthing Devil whelps
wallowing in the third hell
of peaceful torment.
Meanwhile, I cut down and finalized my long short story "Sage's Reckoning" and subbed it to the team months later. The story, at a whopping 6500 words, thankfully made it to the coveted pages. Whew.
|Part 1 of "Sage's Reckoning" appears in the August 18, 2014 issue;|
Part 2 is in the August 25, 2014 issue, which my friend Angelo
luckily came upon and obtained in a branch of NBS in Ortigas.
YES! I have a copy!