Alfonso Manalastas

Alfonso Manalastas is an op-ed contributing writer, a poet, and a spoken word artist from the Philippines. He was accepted as a poetry fellow for two national writers’ workshops and has spoken in two TEDx events (Cebu and Davao City). His op-ed articles can be found in Rappler, Scout, and the Philippine Daily Inquirer, while his poems have appeared in several journals including Cha: an Asian Literary Journal (Hong Kong), and Likhaan: the journal of contemporary Philippine literature (Philippines).

A Study of Cowardice

I will tell you now what I didn’t have the courage to say then: I was awake the whole time when you pressed my glassy palms against the soil, let loose a wild animal inside my mouth I’ve always had …

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