Must be fate then. Read on.

Ode to Melting Snow

| March 7, 2015

I like watching snow melt. There is something in the sight of white dissolving into a dark stain on concrete. I like to kick frozen mounds to break them into little pieces, help them along their journey between two states of matter. Today I discovered I like the sound of snow melting– the hissing crackling [...]


| November 3, 2014

I signed up for NaNoWriMo. It’s my first time to join and I figured this year is probably the best time for me to attempt this. I have been struggling with my literary writing lately, so maybe a little added push would help. I have no grand expectations. I do not expect to actually finish a novel [...]

深闺/Dalaga/In Her Bedchamber

| August 7, 2014

A friend translated the poem《深闺》by Taiwanese poet 沙穗 (Sha Sui/Sah Sway) to Tagalog. I had the audacity to translate it into English because I thought it would be a good exercise. It was. I enjoyed it and had fun (yes, this is my idea of fun). Below is my English translation followed by Joaquin Sy’s Tagalog [...]

Amah’s Sewing Kit*

| May 8, 2014

She is a collector—of words, Memories, dreams, secrets and stories. She Dusts them off for that one day in the dark, Inspects from this angle and that. She collects them all like the random buttons In her Amah’s sewing kit. Never bought—They that once Were lost, now saved. Not unlike souls for Jesus Christ. Saved—For [...]

Tang Poetry on Google Play

| April 8, 2014

I doubt I can be outnerded on this one: I installed an app that helps me learn Tang poetry. And now I’m bragging about it. Awesome features include: You can choose to show the pinyin. And/Or the English translation. Plus there’s a recorded voice that lets you hear the proper intonation. Sankapa! To celebrate the [...]

Light Years and Love Lost in the Oleanders by Alane Rollings

| April 3, 2014

For National Poetry Month, I offer one of my favorite poems of all time. Light Years and Love Lost in the Oleanders By Alane Rollings Does my voice reach you? You are as silent as a star and as incompanionable. And I have done my research on these things. I have spent many hours with [...]

“Filipinas, Textos Cercanos: Poemas” – Book Launching

| March 27, 2014

The Philippine PEN is hosting the formal launch of the bilingual book of poems of Ambassador Tomas Calvillo, former ambassador of Mexico to the Philippines.   You are cordially invited to the launching of: “Filipinas, Textos Cercanos: Poemas” (Philippines, Closer Texts: Poems) by Tomas Javier Calvillo Unna at Solidaridad Bookshop 531 Padre Faura, Ermita, Manila [...]

At the PEN Conference

| December 4, 2013

I rarely get to attend literary events these days so when I manage to, it’s always a treat for me. Here are some of the pictures G and I took at the event.   During a coffee break, we had a photo shoot with no less than the National Artist for Literature and my beloved [...]

Christmas Gifts!!

| November 29, 2013

It is that time of the year when people start wondering what gifts to get their friends and family. May I humbly suggest my book? Because I am shameless like that. And if you were wondering what to give me for Christmas, I ask for nothing else but for you to buy a copy of [...]

Preview: Amah’s Sewing Kit (a poem)

| October 9, 2013

I will one day post the complete poem online. Give me a month, give or take.