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One of my poems got nominated Best of the Net 2014

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In an earlier post I announced two poems that were published in Poppy Road Review. One of the poems has been nominated for Best of the Net 2014 and I thank the editors and all the readers who have appreciated my work. I hope to keep finding new keen readers who are open to seeing various versions of my writing as I trudge along to somewhere hopefully better with them.
HERE is the official announcement from Poppy Road Review and a LINK to the poem.
Maraming salamat.

So I did write something called “The Ghosts have Left Fukushima”

But I only have it up for a while for critique at one of my poetry groups. Here is the LINK – temporary as I plan to delete the post when I’ve got a final version.

For those who have no idea what I’m talking about, read yesterday’s entry.

Water Will No Longer Be Just Water

The news of what befell the people of Japan on Friday continues to shock us. It is a tragedy made worse with the threat of terrible nuclear meltdown – ah, nuclear energy, that “safest energy source” according to some.

In 1995 I wrote a poem (in both English and Filipino) about a tsunami that hit an island in my homeland. It would be nearly a decade later that the most devastating tsunami would strike many countries.

That poem was posted HERE in 2009.  The Filipino version is included in my book Baha-bahagdang Karupukan.

News / Balita


PHILIPPINES. Five lines of text
about earthquake and flood in
Mindoro. Children drowned and
left hanging in trees. My country
in five lines, no more.

PILIPINAS. Limang linya ng teksto
tungkol sa lindol at baha sa Mindoro.
Mga batang nalunod at naiwang
nakabitin sa mga puno. Ang aking
bansa sa limang linya, hindi lalabis.

These were written at the same time on 21 April 1995.