Montage Vol. 10 • December 2006

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Words run in their blood

A TREE bears its own fruit and the fruit, when seasoned, reveals the tree's very own roots.
For three generations now, beginning with Thomasian poet and essayist Doris Trinidad-Gamalinda, the Gamalinda clan has established a trademark in contemporary Philippine literature. 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 »

The Renaissance man

HIS MIEN and mustache make him appear like a creature from a fabled golden age. Despite the wrinkles and the graying hair, his look remains agile and authoritative.
Meet the scholar and writer, Dr. Florentino Hornedo. In a venerable institution of masterful minds and mentors, he seems a cut above the rest for his solid credentials as pedagogue, pundit and pen-pusher. Read more »

On the death of a jazz singer (or my thoughts on immortality)

By Carlomar Arcangel Daoana

Opening my mailbox this morning, I came upon the sad news that jazz singer Anita O' Day just passed away. I didn't know what to do with the information. I haven't heard her name until now or have I listened to any of her records. And yet, I know she represented something important, something urgent. She was an artist for one, who sang the heartbreaks and hopes of her generation, delighting many a people with her performances with her band. 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

Rise of Ghosts

By Keith Cortez

It is a promise we kept
Before the end of the world,
That you and I would stay
Together even if the sky
Was lit up by lightning
And the heavens was raining fire.

Spirits rising from their graves
Rubbing their ethereal eyes
With ghostly hands.

The world crumbles
And shakes but don't
Be afraid.

The world is just slowly undoing
Itself, piece by piece.
Somewhere, a continent
Has already sunk,
A mountain swallowed by the ground. Read more »

A poet's journey in lines and notes

CONSERVATORY of Music student Allan Pastrana didn't realize that he had what it took to be a new voice in Philippine poetry until he won first place twice in the Varsitarian's USTetika Annual Award for Literature. Read more »

Pakikipagsapalaran

Ni Deni Rose M. Afinidad

Makikipagsapalaran ako
Sa pagmamahal sa'yo
Kahit iginuhit na sa ating mga palad
Ang wakas
Kahit matalo tayo sa pakikipagbuno
Sa mga braso ng oras
Kahit patuloy na inuubos ng edad
Ang ating mga buhok
Kahit 'di na natin madugsungan
Ang hininga ng panahon
Kahit nalanta na ang binhi
Ng pag-asa
Kahit unti-unti nang nilulupig
Ng kulimlim
Ang naghihingalong liwanag

Mamahalin ka
May langit man
O wala
Ang iyong mga labi,
Ang aking ulap Read more »

Ayon sa Concillo Filipino-Americano

Ni Victor Emmanuel Carmelo D. Nadera

Dahil ito raw ang pintuan sa buhay na walang hanggan,
Tumuloy kami sa kaharian ng mga Tan.
Hindi raw kami makapapasok sa langit
kapag ang isang tao ay hindi isinilang na muli, sa
pamamagitan ng tubig at karbon
ay mabinyagan.

Itinalaga ang unang sakramentong ito
ng Bagong Batas
upang huwag magwakas
ang gutom at uhaw.

Ipinaubaya nila ito
at ang Ebanghelyo
sa Estados Unidos de Filipinas
noong wikain nila
sa Pranses na Patatas,
sa Italyanong Pansit, Read more »

Alas Tres

Ni Richard U. Lim

02:58 ng umaga. Dalawang minuto mula ngayon, eksaktong dalawang taon na ang nakalilipas mula nang magpaalam kami ni Jake sa isa't isa. Hanggang ngayon, sariwa pa ang mga alaala, hanggang ngayon dinudurog pa rin ang aking damdamin; at hanggang ngayon, hindi pa rin ako dinadalaw ng antok mula nang humiga ako kanina sa'king kama. Read more »