Ramon Loyola



Phenomenological: Musings on Contemporary Filipino Poetry

On my frequent trips back to Manila, I often marvel at the range of books and literary material now occupying the shelves of bookstores. There’s the usual fare of fiction thrillers, children’s books, academic and scholarly reference books, and religion-based how-to guides. There’s also a flood of young adult and poetry books.

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Scales, Enclaves

I. The scale that weighs my face tips towards the spot where shadows mingle on the road, on the pavement and on other strange faces. It is a heavy face, amplitudinous, strange even through the side windows of cars parked …

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