Montage Vol. 6 • August 2002

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Lagoon

By Marlon M. Castor

The cool tropic wind soothes
as it subtly weaves its way
through moon-drenched palms
and sampaguitas.
And over to the east,
a slumbering hillside cascades
into the overwhelming arms
of the sea—its paramour.
This love child,
born of the beguiling romance
of sand and surf,
bleeds with the light
of the stars that guard
the midnight sky
and in its placid bosom 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 »

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 »

Playing with the craft

By John Ferdinand Tejero Buen and Jennifer B. Fortuno

Every generation has a question and whoever can unfold its enigma will become the voice of that generation. This is what Jun Cruz Reyes believes in.

For Victor Emmanuel “Vim” Carmelo Nadera, being utterly futuristic will get one nowhere after life. Knowing the past in order to change the future is essential to be alive forever.

For Ophelia Alcantara-Dimalanta, veering away from the traditional is dangerous. A deliberate disregard of the norm must be supported with the complete knowledge of what exists and had existed. Read more »

Maharlika

By Glenn Vincent Atanacio

The time has come for their gabble to rest
And in discreet places descend into mere
Whispers. Within their houses, they will
Bow their heads as sweat trickles near
Their eyes and lips, and the bells ring
Choruses declaring the baptism of their land.
Tonight, they will sleep with dreams adorning
Their idle brows, and, before that, their lovers
Will love more passionately, their kisses
Like pan de sal rolling against their tongues. Read more »

The best of both worlds

By Lea C. Lazaro

A person’s roots, with unerring faith, holds him tight, giving him life and fueling his being. If he is uprooted, he takes with him the identity home has given him and with his new one.

This is exhibited by Eugene Gloria’s poetry in Drivers at the Short-Time Motel (Penguin Books, 2000). This first collection of 30 poems presents the acquired cultural identity of one who has resided in two different nations—the Philippines and the United States of America—with an established awareness of the social and historical influences of the two countries. Read more »

Towards creative openness

Carlomar Arcangel Daoana

To experiment in poetry seems
to be an anathema in this
country that has a prolonged love affair with Formalism. We keep on reading poems that tiptoe on the same vein—whether in form or substance or both—afraid to let go of the ropes and the visible horizon. We sometimes sense the same tone ringing in the voices of different writers—no wonder their relationship is called incestuous. And no wonder too that only a handful of writers we can say as being “original”, with due respect to how problematic the term is. Read more »

Reincarnation

By Nadia Cruz Camit

(Inspirations from the Mueller & the Muse)

“We are not human beings having spiritual experiences
but we are spiritual beings having a human experience.” - Rene Mueller
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 »

Kuwentong siyudad

Ni Michael Louie C. Celis

“Ang ating ginagawa ay mamuhay sa panahon ng matinding pakikibaka para hanapin ang ating mga sarili sa masalimuot na realidad ng siyudad.”

Ang iba’t ibang anyo ng buhay ng tao sa lungsod ang pangunahing tampok ng mga akda sa Kuwentong Siyudad (Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2002). Sina Rolando B. Tolentino, Romulo P. Baquiran, Jr., at Alwin C. Aguirre ang nagsilbing mga patnugot sa antolohiyang ito na binubuo ng 28 kuwentong nagsasalaysay at nagpapatunay sa mga pangyayaring umuusbong sa gitna ng siyudad. Read more »