Jona | Backpacking with a Book

October 7, 2010

Townscape: Kanta Padung sa Toledo

Paggawas sa bus sa South Bus Terminal, nahibong nalang ko naa nay nagrap. “Mga ate, kuya, di mi snatcher, kawatan. Limpyo among konsensya, di hugawan. Tinarong ni amo, wa mi nagtinunto. Kami tarong, mga gwapito.” Samting to dat epek.  Naa koy karakter nga sa usa ka rapper nga mosakay sa jip ug, unsa pa, kon di, magrap. Ang taytol sa istorya “Brgy. Abog” (kon makahigayon ako nya to i-post dire, manimpad nga naay makabasa o mobasa.) Nahimugso ang ideya  sa college pa ko. Nag-ulian kos una sa Mandaue, and den, sa Lapu-lapu, nya syempre, mosakay jud kog 21B. Kana bitawng […]
October 6, 2010
Backpacking with a Book

Poetry: X. J. Kennedy and Kelli Russell Agodon

The Purpose of Time is to Prevent Everything from Happening at Once X. J. Kennedy Suppose your life a folded telescope Durationless, collapsed in just a flash As from your mother’s womb you, bawling, drop Into a nursing home. Suppose you crash Your car, your marriage—toddler laying waste A field of daisies, schoolkid, zit-faced teen With lover zipping up your pants in haste Hearing your parents’ tread downstairs—all one. Einstein was right. That would be too intense. You need a chance to preen, to give a dull Recital before an indifferent audience Equally slow in jeering you and clapping. Time […]
October 2, 2010

Musings on Reading, Unreading, Rereading

  Another month just folded, another one is unfolding, and between them are books bought, hoarded, and yet remained unread. One of the recent purchases was Octavio Paz’s On Poets and Others—a collection of personal and critical  essays juxtaposing poets’ lives—the mundane side—as well as their respective writings and styles. His personal encounter with Robert Frost, which was the first presented in the collection, made me contemplative about my compulsive buying disorder—solely applicable to books, I might say. Robert Frost wot that we should only read few good books. The beauty, art of reading, he said, lies in rereading—which shares […]
September 28, 2010

Kawasan Falls: Of Beauty and Distance

MUSING “It looks emerald and serene.” “It seems it’s enticing you to take a dip.” “But I doubt it will remain emerald, serene once it is disturbed.” “You think so?” “Why?” “The beauty lies on its stillness, serenity, and emeraldness. Once they are disturbed, its beauty collapses.” “You mean, its beauty is best appreciated in a distance? But how can you validate such beauty without dissecting its beautyness. I mean, we clamor for details.” “And sometimes such craving for details leads us to disappointment.” “You’re unwilling to bend, even just a little, your definition of beauty. Details, indeed, can break […]