Montage Vol. 9 • February 2006

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Her stories pour forth

By Bernadette G. Irinco

Readers of Cristina Pantoja-Hidalgo’s fiction can re-acquaint themselves to her writings as her new short story collection, Sky Blue After the Rain (University of the Philippines Press, 2005) brings together various stories and tales about the ordinary and magical, including some of her classics. Read more »

Pagsilip sa mga pugad-manunulat

Nina Kris P. Bayos, Mary Joy T. de Lara, at Bernadette G. Irinco

Para sa taong nagnanais pasukin ang larangan ng panitikan, musika o performing arts, ang paghahanap ng bagong paraan upang maipahayag sa mundo ang mga katha at boses, ay minsa’y nangangailangan ng isang mainam na lugar kung saan higit niyang mailabas ang kanyang damdamin at ideya. Read more »

Pardon Our Walk

By Keith T. Cortez

So you say in New York, you have to walk
the New York Walk. Walk like them
and not like some Canadian
or an Asian tourist holding
his digital camera.

Walk like a New Yorker, always a beat
faster than your heartbeat
as if you’re in a rush for an office
meeting or late for an interview—
suitcase in hand and a thick Read more »

Xuan Zong

By Alessandra Rose Miguel

He sits on the stairways unmoved
By the sound of rain conjuring a
Memory of burgundy leaves falling
Beside him. How his midnights had
Burned with the smell of her sex
And cooled with her wet kisses
Pressed on his lips like the
Soft flesh of lychees, her fingers
Rambling on the smooth of his back
Like mute insects on the mouth of
A hibiscus. It was to her beauty
That the edges of things felt Read more »

Tomes to take on the road

By Czeriza Shennille Valencia

Travels are often wonderful whatever the purpose and the destination. Sitting through long, awkward travel hours, with a broken stereo and multiple stopovers, however, is annoying. But a quick stop to the bookstore might just bring the same relief as pocket liniment for the carsick.

Tales from the school yard

Anybody who has gone to school would want to relive school yard antics. Read more »

Muli

Ni Sonny Sendon

Mamamahay muna ako sa iyong pangako:
Isang pamilyar na silid kung saan tayo minsan nang
nagtalik.

Iisipin kong nandun ka lang sa banyo,
Pinababango ang dapat na maging mabango.

Mas nakakasabik ang maghintay, sabi mo.
Maari din, ngunit umaalimuom na ang lamig

At namumuo,
Namumuo ang mga pawis sa salamin ng bintana

At ang mga tuyot na talutot ng rosas
Ay nalalagas sa mga buntong-hininga.

Montage Vol. 9 • February 2006

Manila my Manila

Ni Joseph d.L. Saguid

I. Lungsod

Sardinas na kulong
Ang pag-ibig sa lata
Masarap sa panlasa,
Magaan sa bulsa.

II. Baywalk Blues

Habang naglalakad sa Baywalk,
Maraming anino ang binasa sa night talk
Anong oras na? Alas dose na sir
Ang mahal naman. E di bababaan

III. Pulitiko Read more »

Dawn

By Reagan D. Tan

On top of the dusty hill lay a crude and neglected
mausoleum overlooking the great sea. To the east,
an ancient temple blocked the rays of the rising sun. The holy edifice, with crumbling etchings on its walls and cracked reliefs on its arched brick roof, displayed—especially during sunrise—the image of a mythical god lording over the small community of Lam-Uwa in the Si-San province along the eastern coast of China. Read more »

Exodus to Zero

By Benedict Parfan

Thus, there we are two years from now: migrants
in a cold land. It will take this early to pack a whole life
to a country never big enough. So let me begin
with the mayas whose wings are too small and frail

to cross the Pacific. Then the tricycles of Baliuag
whose sputter pulsate to your eardrums, the rails
along Algeciras whose trains are blocked by lives.
I will scoop the lapu-lapu, talakitok and matambaka Read more »

Stalk

By Angelo V. Suárez

For a while her fingers are matchsticks
at the instance of first flicker—

the sun sets on her forearm—

& the flames spread to each letter
on the cover of a book
that is yet to be written by water. Read more »