Monthly Archives: May 2008

Counterdiscourse

1. Liar He has been promising himself for the millionth time: there will be no more sad poems, but he’s a liar, he does not believe his words, he sees them in every stone, arabesque of leaves & shadows in … Continue reading

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Old School

6. Old School A. (for Jose G.) The patriarch wouldn’t budge to make things easy for every Tom, Dick & Harry by greasing his way through the line: so the paper got stacked in the desk until Tio Pepe’s youngest … Continue reading

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The Sorrows of Old Poets & Such Stuff

Wasteland 1. Robert Rauschenberg is gone – he who is considered an American post-war modernist “who defied the traditional idea that an artist stick to one medium or style” & felt “sorry for people who think things like soap dishes … Continue reading

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Ka Bay, Siege

Bayani “Ka Bay” Abadilla 1. There was something in the air, the lethargic calm seemed unreal yet ominous. The whole day of May 14, ’08 was uneventful – & he was perplexed why it was so. Until a text blipped … Continue reading

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The Encounter

(After Hal Sorowitz) 1. He won’t look at her because if he does she may smile back & flash her pearly teeth & trap him into saying “Care for a cup of tea?” & she may say “Yes,” & he’ll … Continue reading

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Theory, Theory, Theory

1. Perverse Egalitarianism has posted up the dilemma of readers who are textually discombobulated by so-called “difficult books,” though he himself assumes he is above the fray, being conversant with them. He confesses to have “found [him]self suspicious” of difficult … Continue reading

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Mater Dolorosa

(For Emma Narvas Espiritu) 1. She’s gone like all mothers of his days – & the weighing scale lists toward things undone, words unuttered to connect the syntax of the heart that however stays broken, rough, edging into the silence … Continue reading

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