The Wind is Not Strong Enough to Slam the Windows Shut

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Almost, but not quite. My set of poems “The Twisting of the Knife” came fifth out of over 300 entries in the recently concluded Sixfold voting round. Maybe next time. Or maybe another lifetime.

The poem was originally my “response” to a collaborative effort with poet friend Raphael d’Abdon. We may still one day finish the chain of poems and release it in another form.

For now I wish to share via SoundCloud my scratchy recording of this poem which you will see in text form when the Sixfold issue comes out in August. It will be free to read online or to download.

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

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