Joel M Toledo

Joel M Toledo is the author of six books of poetry – Chiaroscuro, The Long Lost Startle, Ruins and Reconstructions, Fault Setting, The Blue Ones Are Machines, and Planet Nine. He was the recipient of the 2006 NCCA Literary Prize and has won various awards for his poetry in English, including the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award and the Bridport Prize for Poetry. His poems have appeared in The Iowa Review, ZYZZYVA, The Prairie Schooner, Rogue Poetry Review, Cordite Poetry Review, Softblow, and The Washington Square. A recipient of the Rockefeller Foundation Poetry Residency in Bellagio, Italy in 2011 and 2023, Toledo was also a fellow of the 2011 International Writers Program at the University of Iowa, USA. He teaches Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Santo Tomas, Manila.

Submission to Cordite 113: NO THEME

We’re looking for poems that show poise and polish while aspiring to be both sonorous and audacious.

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Lives of Mangroves

Before rich people-politicians dumped hectares of subdivision-soil in the town of Las Piñas in Northern-Manila-then-Rizal, the ocean had cut through the former-railway-slum communities, and tilapia farms had been all over and behind the house. Now and then kansusuwit would get …

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“The Philippines – Marikina City residents on Friday tried to salvage what is left of their homes after severe floods spawned by Typhoon Ulysses subsided, sifting through mud-caked appliances and cars.” ( Shirts we’ve long grown out of. That first …

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Gin, Poetry, and Slaying the Devil: Joel M Toledo Interviews Lourd De Veyra

I caught up with award-winning writer and frontman of the jazz outfit Radioactive Sago Project as he prepares for the launch of his new book of poetry, Marka Demonyo.

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A Record Year for Rainfall

Sometimes we need ambiguity to make things work. In the early 1700s, an astronomer in Sweden developed a scale where water boils at a degree of 0 and freezes at 100. Eventually this representation will be reversed, an uncertainty referring …

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