Montage Vol. 6 • August 2002

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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
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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 »

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 simple illustration of a heartbreak

By Carlomar A. Daoana

(a poem in progress)

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Daylight.
Every thing is visible with a small shadow that attends below it. This is the city, we are told. This is the world.

On the center of this world is a woman in a tower.
And since she is in a tower, she is helpless.
The blue sky is the background used to heighten
Her sadness. We can see the clouds threatening. Read more »

Perhaps this second drift

By Eileen Tabios

—after “First Drift” by Andrew Joron 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »