Montage Vol. 6 • August 2002

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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 »

A silenced scream

By Lea C. Lazaro

Summer was about to end when Christine first saw it standing in the garage at the corner of Santos Street, right at the curve leading to a small university campus. It was a large steel monster, reaching up to a man’s shoulders. Slightly rusting at the corners, it was painted a moldy green and implanted with bulbs that gave off a dull yellow glow. Read more »

The nymph of MTV

By Angelo V. Suarez

[for Danii]

“History does not record this event—
          it was a deep country where I went.”
                   —Cirilo F. Bautista, “Song”

The nymph of MTV takes off her coat
and rides the neon boat of memory.

Subliminal the sea she journeys across,
sepulchral green the frothy expanse Read more »

Kinderszenen: Five poems

By Allan Pastrana

Lupu set out to avoid the traditional approach… Lupu is on Freud’s side - Piero Rattalino, on Radu Lupu’s rendition of Schumann’s Kinderszenen

Of foreign lands and peoples

There is no way you could forget what you have always owned. Memory stitches everything together into a convenient geography of names. That is why remembrance strikes you in a most unfamiliar place, uttering a word like Todten – as if you never left, as if you have always known.

Pleading child Read more »

Perhaps this second drift

By Eileen Tabios

—after “First Drift” by Andrew Joron Read more »

The geography of my mother’s hand

By Jay Gallera Malaga

My mother, while trying to shrink a trunk of my clothes
to fit in my bag, delivered a summary of my childhood.

I was told that when I was a child, I couldn’t sleep
without my hand holding hers. Through the labyrinth

of pillows and blankets, I would explore that world only
to settle in the continent of her hand until I would drift off.

She did not have to tell me that. I still can remember:
my tiny fingers tucked in between hers – long, slender, Read more »

Memoirs of a retired teenager

By Marlon M. Castor

The old neighborhood is quiet these days. Or
maybe it’s just me.

Since entering law school, I haven’t been out much — treading the sloping streets of our humble subdivision. It seems that I don’t have that luxury anymore.

I miss going on those pointless walks around the block with the rest of the gang —Bobby and his brother, Alvin, Erwin, John-John, Donny and my brother Marvin.

Life was so simple back then, especially for us teenagers. Read more »

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 »

Pagpapahalaga sa mga lokal na panitikan

Hector Christian D. La Victoria

Nasesentro lamang ang ating pag-aaral ng kasaysayan sa mga nasyonal na pangyayari. Ang mga lokal na nakaraan ay isinasantabi na lamang, marahil dahil likas na sa atin ang pagkasuklam sa ating kasaysayan. Kung susuriin, maaring ang isang estudyante ay bihasa sa kasaysayan ng Pilipinas subalit ignorante naman sa mismong kasaysayan ng kanyang pinaggalingan. 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 »