A sound is a call

I listen to a lot of music when I write. Perhaps in the beginning it was a way of blocking out the noise of hellish traffic when I used to write while stuck in a jeepney in the polluted streets of Manila. Or a way to stay awake while scribbling in a battered notebook at the air conditioned haven of the university library. I do also use music as a trigger, a doorway, to a state or place unknown and easy to be lost in.

I was asked to come up with a sort of soundtrack to How to Make a Salagubang Helicopter & Other Poems. This playlist, then, is not a map or guide. More like breadcrumbs that might lead to the place where the poems first came to be, or where you might end up after reading the book.

CLICK HERE to listen.

Tell me what you think.

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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