Montage Vol. 10 • December 2006

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4 Tricks

By Angelo V. Suarez

forget that
you have
amnesia

/remind me is rewound
to remind by wind
you: the mind in a wound

stirred by stars
, not rats–
tar on the gum

/all mugshot:
never an explosion
BOO
m

between teeth
—the mellow muzak
of melons

) disappearances
are for the broke-

n (not the rich
& creamy =FOAM

is in—

yes: between shoulders

Never the pome
Of the wild buffalo
Than the blue
Heat of un-
Imaginable cocks (
Nudgenudge) Read more »

Passional

By Ophelia A. Dimalanta

Wakes conjure in an uncanny pall,
A kind of sepulchral air evoking
Tombstones turned trysting chambers
For romancing late lovers freed
From life's containing vaults.

How she hates funerals,
This communal show
Of makeshift grief, as leaden
Feet shove mourners in, deader
Than the mourned dead,
The pale gloss of sympathy
Plastered on thicker than the
Expert's swab of simulated smile
Upon her own bemused face.

Here she flits around hovering Read more »

His own classic drama

LIKE Robert Louis Stevenson's famous Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, playwright and poet Nicolas Pichay has his own double-personality to show.
At daytime, Pichay is a tough lawyer who uses logic and reason in studying jurisprudence, reading legal cases or conducting cross-examinations.
But when nightfall comes, Pichay turns into a rather fragile creative writer, possessed by words or child-like fantasies, enamored of nebulas of imaginary worlds and the ether of love's fables. Read more »

Nars

Ni Michael Louie C. Celis

NAKATALI ang iyong mga kamay sa gilid ng kama habang abala ang lahat sa code blue.
Sa isang iglap, nakatuon sa naghihingalo mong katawan ang atensyon ng lahat. Wala ka nang magagawa pa. Wala ka nang lakas para umigtad at sawayin ang kamay ng doktor na pinapakinggan ang pabagal na pintig ng iyong puso at bumibilis na paghabol sa paghinga.
Hindi ka na rin makapalag sa aburidong nars na di-mabilang ang mga ampula at bote ng gamot na itinutusok sa nagmamanas mo nang katawan. Read more »

Imago

By Alessandra Rose Miguel

Out of my cocoon
I fly
With filmy wings
Leaving my
Callowness behind.

I will pave lanes of asters
To seek coolness
In nature's arms
And also to find
A lover.

I will not die
Inside
A salamander's
Mouth.

Montage Vol. 10 • December 2006

Ganito Ko Naisip Magpatiwakal

Ni Sonny C. Sendon

Lilisanin ko nang buong tapang ang silid aklatan
at sasabihing hinding-hindi ko na ito babalikan,
na hindi ako magigising sa kalagitnaan ng pagtulog
na umaapuhap ng tula, na wari'y may naiwang marka,
naipit na pananda, bukas na pahina, naparam na kaluluwa,
yaong may tatawag sa aking pangalan bago ko ipinid
ang pinto, bago ibilin sa alikabok ang mga libro, ilihim
sa mga eskaparate na itong pag-aakda ay nagbabadya Read more »

Letter to a century hence

Nicolo F. Bernardo

ONE HUNDRED years from now, dear reader from the future, and this author and everyone who wrote with me here, as you know, are already gone. You are only reading traces of our thoughts, in this our issue’s theme on immortality, in our creative conjectures on surviving like gods. Read more »

Love in the time of death

DEATH is a "personalized" heaven.
And for Susie Salmon, the 14-year-old murder victim in Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones (Little Brown, 2002), entering heaven is like peeping through the holes of anxiety to watch her beloved family and friends tread the path of acceptance following her untimely demise. Read more »

Overnight

By Lee V. Villanueva

The silent bell tolls at past midnight
In the ears of a dead man alive
With eyes blacker than teabags
Rotten by nature's wrath

Coffee stains spread through the linen sheets
Of fragile hands from the mug it spilled
Where dreams dwell in an aroma
That cures a corpse from intoxication

Silence haunts the suburbs
Kissing gently the panes of dark-lit abode
In the last street where the luminous specks dwell
It peeks through the wide-eyed drowsiness Read more »

Panaghoy ni Atlas

Ni Ruben Jeffrey R. Asuncion

Hanggang kailan kaya magtatagal itong pagpapasan ko
Ng daigdig?
Ilang milyong taon kong tinitiis ang pangangawit ng aking mga balikat at
kamay, habang namamanhid na ang mga tuhod ko.
Mula nang iniatas ni Zeus na matagumpay,
Ang pagparusa sa kaniyang mga nalupig na kalabang Titan.
Kasama ako sa mga sawim-palad na ito,
Na tanging kasalanan ang pumanig sa ama
nitong Hari ng Olimpo na nagnanais na manatiling
Puno ng Santinakpan. Read more »