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Ink Blots: ‘Remember How We Forgot’, ‘Here I Am’

by Kariza Montealegre Today’s poems—yes, I am sharing two poems today—are about the revelation of the future to our childhood selves. As they say, we can never predict what life may bring. What we may have dreamed as a child may not be what or where we are now—and yes, that could be frustrating. I have […]

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Ink Blots: ‘Girlfriends’ by Charles Bukowski

by Kariza Montealegre Memories are stories we’ve kept in the tiny compartments of our heads. If we look into our minds, they’re probably libraries housing books about our past. One part of that library could be named Past Lovers (which could be in the Restricted Section for some *wink*). If given a chance, would you […]

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Ink Blots: ‘Today Means Amen’ by Sierra DeMulder

by Kariza Montealegre Previously, I shared with you Buddy Wakefield’s “apology letter” (“This is an apology letter to the both of us for how long it took me to let things go”), and today, I have another letter! But this time, it’s for you. We all have our struggles, but there are some who get trapped […]

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Ink Blots: ‘Hurling Crowbirds at Mockingbars’ by Buddy Wakefield

by Kariza Montealegre Welcome to Ink Blots, where I’ll be sharing with you poems—from classic to contemporary and from published to performed pieces—every other Sunday. As Joseph Roux puts it: “Poetry is truth in its Sunday clothes.” Perhaps, this is a good sign to make this a Sunday habit? You plus truth in its most raw […]

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Bookbed reviews: ‘Displaced’ by Aneka Rodriguez

by KB Meniado THE STORY SPACE. When Elay’s Nanay decided to pack her bags, board the airplane and fly back to Manila, TIME. Elay’s glorious hours of guitar-playing, exam-flunking, Facebook viewing, Justin-drearming slowly decreased to zero. FORCE The harder she struggled to return to how things were, DISPLACEMENT. the greater the forces that took her farther. […]

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Of Love and Loss: Pablo Neruda at 110

by Karz Montealegre Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda, who always knew what to say about love, celebrates his 110th birth anniversary this year. In celebration, let me look back on one of his best publications (and a favorite of mine), Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair. First published in 1924 when Neruda was 19, the book […]