Mark Anthony Cayanan

Mark Anthony Cayanan is from the Philippines. They obtained an MFA from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and are a PhD candidate at the University of Adelaide. Among their publications are the poetry books Narcissus (Ateneo de Manila UP, 2011) and Except you enthrall me (U of the Philippines P, 2013); recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Foglifter, Dreginald, Kritika Kultura, The Spectacle, Crab Orchard Review, and Lana Turner. A recipient of fellowships to Civitella Ranieri and Villa Sarkia, they teach literature and creative writing at the Ateneo de Manila University.

Poems from “I Look at My Body and See the Source of My Shame: Ecstasy Facsimile”

1 My favorite saint tells me I complain too often about my soul’s shortcomings, I’m grateful 2 for the dreams I remember, W— pushes apart my thighs and asks in Punjabi when I’ll finish, nothing in this world more beautiful …

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I Look at My Body and See the Source of My Shame: Ecstasy Facsimile

Heavy thing, cigarettes and stale sex on your skin, why hog the blanket only to apologize. I bite into my soul like a pretzel, it’s no good, wipe blood off my lips with yesterday’s shirt. To regret an experience is …

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