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crossing the river

“Poetry that was absolutely wonderful, that did what great poetry
is supposed to do refresh the heart, the mind, and the spirit…

“We want to express our deepest gratitude to you, for the
contributions you make to our lives and the lives of our readers. 
Poetry of this quality is one of the rarest and finest gifts that one
human being can give to another.  We can never thank you
enough for the gift you have given to all of us.”  (Blurb)    --- Dan
Veach, Editor of Atlanta Review  






Crossing the River: Poems Old and New

by Anthony L Tan
Copyright 2019
ISBN 978-971-9094-26-5
142 mm x 257 mm
121 pages
Price: Php 275.00

hate eating birds

“What we often overlook is the connection between poetry and
pain.  This is because essentially a poem is a song, which connotes
joy and celebration.  But there likewise are sad songs.  They,
however, no matter how deep the hurt is within them, because
they must needs go through a process of artistic justification,
comes out in the end as victorious.  In its being expressed in a
measured, well-thought-out way, the pain is distanced from the
singer or poet and in the end transmuted into wisdom.  This we
find in poem after poem in Denver Torres’ collection.” (Blurb)

--- Simeon Dumdum





hate-eating birds

by Denver Ejem Torres
Copyright 2018
ISBN 978-971-9094-25-8
148 mm x 211 mm
77 pages
Price: Php 250.00                  

basa basa

“Ton Daposala takes us through what seems like a macho journey
in quest of sexual conquest amid the grossness, banality, and
fakery of a Filipino suburbia.  The object of the quest, figured as
female, as in many cases perverse, wayward, fleeting, even non-
existent except in the fevered brain of the seeker.  His muse, if it
does exist, is so trapped in the ordinary that the quest ends
without fulfillment.  In the images of sexual congress, whether
consummated or denied, the poems create a totality, a sort of
mythopoeia in suburbia, a declaration of ars poetica, complex,
painful, sardonic, but supple and confident in its youthfulness and
virility.  Daposala’s poetry asserts the relentless human drive to
pursue meaning and beauty despite the staleness and triteness of
daily life.  And spoken in the mother tongue.” (Blurb)     --- Merlie Alunan  




ni Ton Daposala
Copyright 2018
ISBN 978-971-9094-23-4
150 mm x 212 mm
110 pages
Prices: Php 275.00