The Big Horn

RHINO 2010

This morning I practically forced my way into the local Post Office with a slip of paper saying there was a parcel that was too big to fit in my postbox.  The guy who handles most items there is called David — and he always calls me by my surname which makes me feel like someone important (yeah right, I keep thinking he’s referring to my late father whom he never met).

Anyway, David hands this parcel and I try to hold it but it drops to the table.  It was heavier than I thought (or I was suffering from a worse bout of flu than I thought, messing with my sense of coordination and balance!).  I laughed instinctively and apologized.

I get to the car and quickly open the parcel to see my contributor’s copies of RHINO POETRY!  Makes up for this stinking flu and stormy weather.

It looks really grand!  And thanks to my dad’s surname I got to be first in the contents and about the contributors pages.  Ha!  All those years in high school when I was usually near the front — in line for a firing squad, it felt like — are now a distant nightmare.   😛

The poem they decided to publish is called “Until Nothing is Left.”

If you love poetry and would like to support the fantastic effort by these guys, please do go and order a copy!

About matangmanok

Jim Pascual Agustin writes and translates poetry. Sometimes he tries his hand at essays and stories. His latest book is BLOODRED DRAGONFLIES, published by Deep South in South Africa. Check out the official blog page for Bloodred Dragonflies. In 2011 the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House in Manila released BAHA-BAHAGDANG KARUPUKAN (poems in Filipino) and ALIEN TO ANY SKIN (poems in English). The same publisher released his most recent poetry collections SOUND BEFORE WATER and KALMOT NG PUSA SA TAGILIRAN. In 2015 a new poetry collection in English, A THOUSAND EYES was released. His first collection of short stories in Filipino, SANGA SA BASANG LUPA, was released in 2016. UK publisher The Onslaught Press launches his poetry collection, WINGS OF SMOKE, worldwide in February 2017. San Anselmo Publications released HOW TO MAKE A SALAGUBANG HELICOPTER & OTHER POEMS in 2019 followed by CROCODILES IN BELFAST & OTHER POEMS in 2020 - both books can be purchased through their Facebook page. View all posts by matangmanok

2 responses to “The Big Horn

  • ecko

    Sorry I missed your chat attempt earlier. I couldn’t get the silly box to work and respond back in time. Anyways, congrats on your latest publication in Rhino Poetry 🙂


  • matangmanok

    Hey ecko (do I have to use lower case for your name?), thanks for the visit. Yeah, it was great getting into Rhino. Hope you get a copy. No worries about the missed chat. There’ll be other times I hope. Keep in touch!

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