Montage Vol. 6 • August 2002

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Writing Center's growing pains

By Teodoro Lorenzo A. Fernandez and Maria Pacita C. Joson

Since its inception four years ago, the UST Center for Creative Writing and Studies (CCWS) has never failed to bring the best out of the Thomasian writer. From the Associate Lecture Series to the UST National Writers Workshop, the Center has certainly helped hone the writing skills of Thomasians.

In addition, the Center released Ustinig, the first ever CD anthology of critically acclaimed writers reading their works, including Dimalanta and the Center’s associates. Read more »

Hurricane

By Natasha B. Gamalinda

An intense tropical cyclone is
an almost circular storm of
extremely low pressure and high winds. —National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

1. Lila

eye wall n. The ring of thunderstorms that surrounds a storm’s eye. The heaviest rain, strongest winds and worst turbulence are normally experienced here.

Up there, the sky takes the shape of unpressed sheets laid out on an unmade bed, still soaked in the gray musk of sleep. Lila would rise and there would be rain, dropping on rooftops, piercing the moving air like an infant’s sneeze. Read more »

Of metaphors, cowards and defiance

Sheila Lynn A. Molarto

I HAVE been seeing things
lately.

It seems that the metaphors I use in my poems are now coming to life. The immeasurable blackness, blobs of mutilated flesh, locked and doors—they all come to me now.

Maybe it’s just the atmosphere. Like now, I feel like exploding into a thousand atoms just by looking at the high pile of books and papers I have to read. I have to stop myself from cursing everything in sight—from an awry computer to an annoying acquaintance who can’t do anything but heckle. It is now easier to criticize and wallow in a flood of negativity. Read more »

Panaginip

Ni Michael Louie C. Celis

“Gising na! Mahuhuli ka sa klase mo!”

Magtatanghali na ngunit hindi pa rin siya tumatayo sa kinahihigaan. Hindi na siya nasanay. Mula nang pumanaw ang nanay namin palaging ganito ang eksena tuwing umaga. Akala ko’y magbabago siya ngunit lalo pang lumala ang mga ginagawa niya. Read more »

Monologue

By Sheila Lynn A. Molarto

Cold. This is how you describe my hand—
unchanged and immobile in your clasp.

You stare from afar and run away
when you hear my footsteps following your voice,
leaving me to watch your blurry figure. Read more »

Thoughts by the Seine

By Luis Cabalquinto

It is in these rare seconds
When the body is stilled
By afternoon rivers like the Seine
When we momentarily look out
From the banks, come upon finest
Seine, upon a sudden space

From the tight spiral of our lives.
We are informed by shadow
Quietly fishing from a rock:
By reflections on the river wall
Of the sun busy with colors
On a canvas of late water. Read more »

Looking back

By Luisa Igloria

The first time we entered the city,
you said to pay attention to the stones
soaked in afternoon sun; buildings, narrow
gates, boundaries of road roofed by trees.
Their filter of green, rendering light

                  — lighter, more
supernatural than the script of breath
passing through glass or bone

       At that time, our concerns Read more »

Filing

By Rosmon Tuazon

I.

The trick
is not to panic.

Relax.
Free the hands
     and let it dance
          as the sundry documents

Shuffle.

Imagine salsa
Playing on the background— Read more »

Martir ka nga ba, Sokrates?

Ni Hector Christian la Victoria

Itinaas ng isang kulubot na kamay ang baso ng lason,

habang nakapalibot, hindi paaawat sa pighati ang kanyang

mga disipulo, umasang tatanggapin ang anyaya ng pagtakas.

Sa mga huling sandali, patuloy pa rin siyang bumibigkas ng

talinhaga. Aniya, hindi niya matakasan ang hatol ng batas

dahil ito’y tuwirang pag-amin sa kasalanan. Subalit, hindi

nga ba ang mga batas na ito, sa buong-buhay niya’y

kanyang binatikos, pinagtawanan?

Sa labas, naghihiyawan ang mga tao sa daungan. Dumating

na ang barko at siyang hudyat ng katapusan ng Read more »

A monkey explains tropical depression

By Amado Tandoc

soul space revolves inward
displaces innocent spaces
whatever it was that filled
your body in the first place.

this occurs without warning
in your mind’s necropolis
like lightning separated
from thunder, rain and pain; Read more »