All Reading Aloud: ‘You Are Here’ by Dawn Lanuza

Welcome to All Reading Aloud, in which we read excerpts out loud. For our first book, we feature You Are Here by Dawn Lanuza, to be released February 2019. Similar to the author’s earlier work The Last Time I’ll Write About You, this one is also a collection of poetry and prose.  Watch the video below to listen to a few poems from the ARC, which you can request for and read on Net Galley. If you enjoyed this, let us know. We also welcome requests so feel free to send titles our way! ☁ This post is not sponsored. Advertisements

Poetry Submission: ‘Pagtanggap’

by Michelle Tatoy Sila’y mga tao din, dumarami’t kumakalat. Inaakala ng nakararami ito’y karamdaman— pinangdirian at kinamuhian, pinagkaitan ng kalayaan, pinagtulakan at tinapakan, luha’y naging basehan ng katapangan. Pinairal ng lipunan: Makikitid na pag unawa’y naging boses ng mamamayan Basehan na ba ng katapangan ang panlalamang? Sila’y bahagi rin nitong perlas ng silanganan Buksan ang pinto ng pagunawa’t awa ‘Wag pagkaitan ng pagtanggap. Tuparin ang kahilingan, makabagwis ang isipan ituring na bahagi nitong ating lipunan. ☁ Some parts have been revised in this version with permission from the writer. Want to submit your poetry, fiction, comics or art? Click here…

Poetry Submission: ‘My Polaris’

by Christian Loid Valenzuela   It all happened like this: The night sky requested someone So it’ll no longer be alone.   And then there you came.   You became The Star In the darkest of days. You became Daylight Through the blackest of heavens.   It all happened like this: A “being” wished to have someone So that he will no longer be alone.   And then, there you came.   I tried to reach you, Hoping that someday you’ll fall. And then, I’ll catch you.   But no, I couldn’t do that, I couldn’t take you away from the…

Poetry Submission: ‘Unwritten Love Letters’

by Christian Loid Valenzuela   I. It’s a cold evening. My love’s warmer than coffee— I take a pen and write.   I pour my heart into this drastic art— forming words into letters to converse with my inners, a lover; a giver; a carer— a bearer.   II. Every pierce to my heart reminds me of you— Letting it break repeatedly. But I know it will soon end, Just wait for me to decide to let go of you.   Jinx is a curse Of course, made by yours— Until I realized that we are separated and scattered. After…

Poetry Submission: ‘My Red Cap and Me’

by Jela Olaso Once upon a time, when I was a little girl, I found a red cap.   And so, I wore it!   I loved my red cap, my first love ever. We stayed together. We walked together. We sang and danced together. Always, forever.   Until one day—   My mom, li’l brother and I rode a tricycle, and all of a sudden, My red cap— it flew away!   So I began to cry. My tears wouldn’t stop, leaving me heartbroken from what I just saw. My pretty red cap, gone and lost forever. My first heartbreak,…

Poetry Submission: ‘Nineteen’

by Shealea Iral What are the hard sciences? you ask to the class a person from the back answers chemistry                         physics                                                 biology                                                                         mathematics your right hand briefly dances in the air an obviously dismissive gesture and light laughter forces its way out of your weary throat now let’s forget about the hard sciences Let’s not I sit there mutely, hands neatly folded on my lap; imperceptibly shaking why should I? I want to ask but I do not I protest in silence I mean, the phrase tumbles from your cracked lips like the aftershock of an earthquake; as if your…

Ink Blots: 6 Poems For Children and Adults To Enjoy

by Kariza Montealegre Exposing children to poetry is important since it allows them to appreciate words better at an early age. From rhymes and sound emphasis to wordplay, reading poetry is not just a fun activity with kids; it could also be instrumental in forming a foundation for their reading. Wondering which poems are best for the little ones? There are definitely a ton of amazing ones available, but in celebration of National Children’s Book Day (#NCBD2016!) and, of course, Bookbed’s sixth birthday, allow me to share with you my top six poems for children (in no particular order). 1. “Maggie…