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Off the Beaten Track Launch

Sounds like they had a nice ride during the launch of Off the Beaten Track: Tulaan sa Tren 2, judging by Alfred A. Yuson’s account:

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The prizes were first awarded for the Tulaan sa Tren 2 poetry contest run last year by the National Book Development Board.

Then we boarded the train, from the LRT-2 Santolan depot all the way to the other end stop, which was the Recto Avenue station past Quezon Blvd. Along the way, we marveled at the markedly different view of Metro Manila, at treetop level and beyond, from greenscapes and ritzy corners with modern buildings to the unavoidable rooftop patchwork of congested neighborhoods, littered empty lots and ugly dump sites.

Along the course, too, we had the privilege of standing and sashaying up and down the spacious, fresh carriages, and reading poetry up close — on horizontal posters prominently displayed above the windows. The poems also came off the sound system that pervaded the coaches and the spanking-clean stations whenever we stopped.

Thus, reality, hyper-reality and the Pinoy poetic sensibility as lyricized in two languages converged in pure delight on this rare treat of a Saturday afternoon rapid-transit ride, taking barely an hour from Marikina to Manila and back. Quite an experience.

And when our mass-transit troupe got back to the depot, what welcomed us apart from a buffet table of goodies and iced drinks was the launching of Off the Beaten Track: Poems from Tulaan sa Tren 2 — a cute, squarish, full-color edition in glossy paper that collected over 50 poems and as many poets contemplating passages physical and metaphysical.

READ THE REST OF THE ARTICLE

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Here’s Libay Linsangan Cantor’s report on the launch.

Link to my previous post on Off the Beaten Track: Tulaan sa Tren 2


Off the Beaten Track: Poems from Tulaan sa Tren 2

Want a free PDF copy of a unique poetry collection?

Here is the link to OFF THE BEATEN TRACK: Poems from Tulaan sa Tren 2.  The file is 3.5 megs. If you just want to read a few of the poems without downloading the whole file, you can follow THIS LINK which should lead you to the first few lines of my poem.  The anthology was edited by Gémino H. Abad, Bienvenido L. Lumbera, and Alfred A. Yuson.

🙂  Enjoy!


Train of Thought

LRT

Today I received a copy of Train of Thought, an anthology of poems put together to record a unique literary exercise.

Here is a quote from an Inquirer.net article, Get on board the ‘Train of Thought’ posted a good few months ago.

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The “Tulaan sa Tren” project, which began in August to promote poetry to Light Rail Transit commuters, will soon reach school teachers, libraries and creative writing institutions after it was captured in book and CD form.

“Through the book, you can savor the poems for heavier reading,” said Andrea Pasion-Flores, executive director of project proponent National Book Development Board (NBDB).

“Tulaan,” she said, was such a success that it had gained attention from The New Yorker online, which said playing poetry on the trains gave the publishing industry a well-deserved boost.

By immortalizing the project, Flores said they will create a more lasting impression by distributing the materials to the academe.

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My poem “Train Ride” was included.  This other article from Bulawan Online lists all the other pieces in the anthology.  According to the bibliography this poem of mine was also included in another book, One Hundred Love Poems: Philippine Love Poetry Since 1905, edited by Dr. Gemino H. Abad.  I wonder if I’ll ever see that book.

Unfortunately Train of Thought which comes with an accompanying audio CD of the readings that were played through the PA systems of various train stations is not for sale to the reading public.  Hmmm.  There must be a profitable business venture somehow lurking here.  Yeah right.