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 »

Fine

By Eldric Paul A. Peredo

So you’re doing fine.
I had my own small successes today.
I woke up dreamless if exhausted
from battling unconscious invasive thoughts
of that upturn of your lips
you call a smile.
In the shower, the moisturizing soap
you kept teasing me to use
mainly for your benefit
stayed in its holder.
The generic one my uncle bought
from Walmart worked as well.
Musk-scented, too.
I didn’t worry over whether you’ve eaten 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 »

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 »

Traveling writers, writing travels

By Edsel Van D.T. Dura and Jordan Mari S. De Leon

Traveling to different places is probably one of the top things a person would want to do to get away from the hurly-burly of everyday life. Breathtaking scenery, scrumptious food and beautiful people are just some of the things a person looks for when traveling. But to write about these things in a way that would catch the attention and stimulate the imagination of readers is a gift. 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 »

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 »

Sharpening our pencils

Reagan D. Tan

THE EGYPTIAN god-king Thamus once warned Djehuty (Greek name Thoth), the inventor of writing, that “… this discovery of yours (writing) will create forgetfulness in the learners’ souls, because they will not use their memories; they will trust to the external written characters and not remember of themselves. (Writing) is an aid not to memory but to reminiscence, and you give your disciples not truth, but only the semblance of truth…” 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 »

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 »