Saturday, January 19, 2008

Happy Mondays XX

featured readers for the 20th installment of the bi-monthly Happy Mondays Poetry Nights @ magnet cafe katipunan are as follows:

1. Allan Pastrana
2. Conchitina Cruz
3. Mark Cayanan
4. Joseph Saguid
5. Gabe Mercado
6. Kash Avena
7. Adam David
8. Marne Kilates
9. Keith Cortez
10. Peachy Paderna

plus other mainstays, fellow writers, and special guests. january 21st, 7-930-pm, free admission. please bring a poem or two if you feel like reading during the open mic. kitakits!

Friday, January 18, 2008


semi-final cover design study for Chiaroscuro. the front is from an enhanced photo called "Light Confused, On Paper" (2001). the spread shows details from the painting "Something About Windows" (acrylic on canvas, 12”x12”, 2007) for the back cover. Both by Pancho Villanueva. wasak! na! bombilya!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

The Smith

Did you ever want to be overrun by bandits?
To hand over all of your things and start over new?

While we were out hunting for food
Our house was being robbed

I caught an apple and she caught a fox
So I caught a rabbit but she caught an ox

So upon our return we found everything gone
Which for us was no loss
And we started over with a rabbit and an ox

So they came down from the north
Carrying all they owned
With a basket full of food and clothes
They were stopped by a weekend raid
Traveling the woods one day
Tried to put up a fight but lost
So we asked for them to stay
With us on their way
To have a drink and rest
And regain their strength

Did you ever want to run around with bandits
To see many places and hide in ditches
It's not always easy, it's not always easy
When the winter comes and the greenery goes
We will make some shelter


Tim Smith (singer/composer)
The Trials of Van Occupanther (2006)

Sunday, January 13, 2008

"Poetic Images"

photos from the reading last monday. see you again on the 21st for the 20th installment of the Happy Mondays Poetry Nights. :)

Monday, January 07, 2008

Happy Mondays XIX

the bi-monthly HAPPY MONDAYS poetry nights @ magnet cafe katipunan jumpstarts the year of the rat TONIGHT with a special reading featuring Fil-Am poet Joseph Legaspi, whose new collection just recently came out, with a foreword by no less than Philip Levine. wasak!

other readers for the night include:

1. Marjorie Evasco
2. Gemino H. Abad
3, Krip Yuson
4. Marne Kilates
5. Kris Lanot Lacaba
6. Pocholo Goitia
7. Angelo Suarez
8. Pancho Villanueva
9. Lourd De Veyra

the program starts at 7pm, with the formal opening of Ma'am Marj's poem "Origami" at the Poet's Alcove. wine will be served. free admission. see you guys later.

Friday, January 04, 2008


happy 2008! good tidings to all.

some announcements to start the year. ma'am Marjorie Evasco's poem, "Origami" will be featured @ the Poet's Alcove in mag:net cafe katipunan. formal unveiling is on monday, january 7, 7-8pm before the 19th installment of the Happy Mondays Poetry Nights (details on readers in the coming post). pls come. Nityalilla Saulo will give a song rendition of Origami during the opening.

the fourth issue of sir marne's Poet's Picturebook poetry magazine is fresh. featured poet is Sir Jimmy Abad. drop by and check it out.

a bit of good news! Chiaroscuro, my first book of poems, is coming out this march. i just got word from the UST press this morning that they need the cover design, last-minute revisions, etc, by january 30. am doubly happy because my dear alma mater's (UP) press is also publishing my other collection by the end of the year. wasak! salamat kay gelo sa pag-abot at pag-asikaso. tagal ko rin 'tong hinintay.