Anthony L Tan

Anthony L Tan is poet, essayist, and fictionist. His writings have appeared in various magazines, journals, and anthologies. His poems have been collected in book form The Badjao Cemetery and Other Poems and Poems for Muddas. He has won three Don Carlos Palanca awards: two for poetry and one for the essay. He has sat as a critic-panelist in various writers’ workshops such as the Iligan National Writers Workshop, the Silliman Writers Workshop, and the IYAS Writers workshop. Upon his retirement, he had taught in four schools: Notre Dame of Siasi, Sulu; Silliman University, in Dumaguete City; Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology; and De La Salle University, Manila. He is currently working on a novel about his native island in the Sulu Sea.

Point of Departure, Sanlúcar de Barrameda, September, 1519, the Eve of an Ocean Voyage

The sails have a belly-full of siroccos, Raging to fly if only the hawsers are not tied To the catheads on the starboard. The pulleys are creaking mad And banging themselves to destruction Against the masts but the boom Is …

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