Bookbed reviews: ‘How to Make a Salagubang Helicopter & Other Poems’ by Jim Pascual Agustin

by Lausanne Barlaan THE STORY Jim Pascual Agustin has created a distinct, challenging, and necessary collection of poetry that successfully weaves together inner lives and the larger entities surrounding us. How to Make a Salagubang Helicopter is undeniably a product of its time, made necessary for the challenges it poses upon the reader-challenges the narrator…

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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…

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Poetry Submission: ‘Let Me’

by Ivan Arbizo; art by Japhet Paypa As I gazed upon your eyes, I thought I would find that beautiful paradise, Where love can truly suffice. Yet everything was a lie. Those empty words Made me believe you were my world, Embracing your perfect imperfections. Realized it was all deception. Accustomed to your resplendent lightness, Let me…

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Poetry Submission: ‘Bedtime Stories’

by KC Bernardo; art by Drae Latorre In my dreams, Everything is real Possible And within reach   I lock these precious thoughts. In jars for safekeeping; Sealed with hope in twisted knots. When doubt starts creeping, Fear begin to flow like streams And when Faith, to a breath clings I will unlock my dreams And unravel…

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