Montage Vol. 9 • February 2006

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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 »

Betadine

Ni Fidel Antonio M. Medel

muling bumuhos
ang mala-kristal
na luha ng mga kerubin,
kasabay ng
pagbagyo ng iyong dalamhati.

winika nang nagliliparang bibig
na muli mong pinaglalamayan
ang nabasag ninyong pagsasama
at patuloy ka pa ring hinihiwa
ng mga bubog ng nakaraan. Read more »

memory shifts

By Karen Ann C. Capco

a finger wrote your name
out on the counter of a bar,
skin dragging water, leaving

nothing but droplets and the
faint wetness of desire. no one
else ever wrote it out again, perhaps

nobody else knew. i still do not
know your name. even lips
cannot trace water once it has left.

all i could see then was your face outlined
by lamplight, everything else was smoke
and clinging clothes, hair sticking Read more »

Rebyu ng KaMaynilaan

Ni Jose Bimbo F. Santos

Isang matapang na pagsasalarawan sa iba’t-ibang mukha ng buhay ang makikita sa nobela ni Norman Wilwayco na pinamagatang Kung Paano ko Inayos ang Buhok ko Matapos ang Mahaba-haba ring Paglalakbay (Khan Automatic Writings). Isang kakaibang imahe ng Maynila ang matutuklasan. Malayo ang imahe sa mga magagarang shopping malls, mga magagarbong night life, o ang mga larawan ng mga engrandeng sosyalan na makikita sa mga lifestyle pages ng mga diyaryo at magasin.

Miserable, marumi, malaswa at patapon ang mga buhay ng mga tauhan sa nobela. 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 »

An Ilocos Norte diary

By Carlomar Arcangel Daoana

AS THE sky, dying, flicked a last
streak of color—the somber
orange of a tropical bird’s wings—in the small window of the plane, I was gripped with joy that only comes with the certainty of arriving home. Read more »

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 »

Law and writing

By Teodoro Lorenzo A. Fernandez

I DISTINCTLY remember reading a Supreme Court decision for the first time as a junior Legal Management student almost five years ago. What made the experience so memorable was that I had to read the case from its general reference number until the part where it read “so ordered” many times to comprehend the decision.

It was not the technical legal terms that made the decision difficult to understand, but the manner in which it was presented. It was plainly confusing. Read more »

To wherever your feet carry you

By Sharline J. Bareng

“…in the mind of a woman for whom no place is home, the thought of an end to all flight is unbearable.” - Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

TO CONFESS an inability to do a lot of traveling, in the same way that one can read only a few books or produce only a few modest works is a shame, especially in this age when everything is doable and nothing is a valid excuse. Read more »

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 »