Carlomar Arcangel Daoana

Carlomar Arcangel Daoana is the author of four collections of poetry, with Loose Tongue: Poems 2001-2013, published by the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House in 2014, as the most recent. His other collections, The Fashionista’s Book of Enlightenment and Marginal Bliss, were finalists to the Manila Critics Circle’s National Book Awards. In 2012, Daoana received First Place honors in the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature in the English Poetry category for his collection, The Elegant Ghost. Internationally, his poems have been anthologised in the Vagabond Asia Pacific Poetry Series (Sydney and Tokyo) and Naratif Kisah (Kuala Lumpur). He was also selected as an international panelist for the 1st Kuala Lumpur Literary Festival held in 2016. A regular arts and culture columnist for the broadsheet, The Philippine Star, Daoana teaches poetry writing, art writing, and other fine arts courses at the Fine Arts Department of the Ateneo de Manila University.

Sestina for Street-side Sorrow

Nothing famous ever came out of Cuatro de Julio, The street that always interrupted the sleep Of its inhabitants, including my grandmother’s, Who had to listen through the bawling sorrow Of drunkards, the scampering of the police, All of us …

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