Mookie Katigbak Lacuesta

Mookie Katigbak Lacuesta has authored four books, including the two poetry collections The Proxy Eros (2008) and Burning Houses (2013). She is the coeditor of Fast Food Fiction Delivery (2014). She earned a BA from Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines and an MFA from the New School University and has received a number of prizes for her work, including the 2014 Carlos Malanca Memorial Award for Poetry, which is the Philippines’ foremost literary award, and the Philippines Free Press Award for Poetry in 2007. Her essays and short stories have appeared in a number of literary publications in her home country and abroad and her work has been widely anthologised. Her work has been featured in The New York Quarterly, The Philippines Free Press, Rogue Magazine and elsewhere.


The plush loveseats, the pillows festooned with birds, Bamboo stalks, the console hewn with dragons’ heads, Their long tongues unfurled; the teal wallpaper Where a monkey clambers up a red-budded tree. Cherry Blossoms? Magnolias? Such chinoiserie As you wouldn’t find …

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To enter the mind of Philippine literature in English, it is important to note the evolution of English in the Philippines. We were colonised by Spain in 1521 and sold to America in 1898. According to eminent Filipino poet and scholar, Gémino Abad, Philippine poetry in English only took flight in the 1920s – it is a considerably young poetry, being less than a hundred years old.

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