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DEEPER AND DARKER by Leanne Dunic

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[Audio File] it may seem that I’m further or farther it may seem that I don’t even… one thing that I feel in my bones is  hard does it seem that I’m deeper and darker I could be your raven, … Continue reading

SECRETS OF SALT by Niloofar Fanaiyan

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RAIN DANCE – 1 by Niloofar Fanaiyan

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WE, WON’T, BE, TENDING, GARDENS by Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta

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(As Jose Garcia Villa) Watch, scant, grow, lush, won’t, turn, the, earth for bulb, or root, I’ve, longed, to, say,                            peppermint,                            and,                            thyme,                juice, a, tomato, with, my, teeth,   No, we, won’t, be, tending, gardens, kiss, A, wet, deep, … Continue reading

PORTRAIT OF VIRGINIA GRACEY by Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta

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          (As Fernando Amorsolo)                  Amorsolo used natural light in his paintings and developed the backlighting technique                  Chiaroscuro, which became his artistic trademark and his greatest contribution to                  Philippine painting. In a typical Amorsolo painting, figures are outlined against a                  characteristicContinue reading

PORTRAIT OF MS. ANNE SOLESBY by Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta

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          (As Fernando Amorsolo)           “The women I paint should have a rounded face, not the oval type often presented to us in           newspapers and magazine illustrations. The eyes should be exceptionally lively, not the           dreamy, sleepy type that characterizes theContinue reading

PLAYA DE KAMAKURA by Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta

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          (As Juan Luna)           Luna traveled to Japan in the summer of 1896.           In August of that year, he and his brothers were arrested           on suspicion of being participants in the Katipunan           revolution.–Museum of Arts and Sciences, UST       … Continue reading

WHEN THE HEART FLIES FROM ITS PLACE: ACCOMPANYING NOTES by Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta

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(As Eric Gamalinda) The landscape of language has no geography. Already, love isn’t an intersection between Ongpin and Misericordia, it’s a small graveyard in Amherst, where Stansik, 5, is unlearning his Russian. He reads American names off stones the way … Continue reading

JOHN FANTE OBSERVES CARLOS BULOSNA FOR HIS NOVEL ASK THE DUST by Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta

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i. It isn’t America but the kind of America he carries with him. One month it’s apples in Yakima, one month it’s peas in Imperial Valley. One day it’s cops with brass knuckles in your eye; one day it’s a … Continue reading

FIRE by Niloofar Fanaiyan

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the sequined edge of her gypsy skirt, early morning rays, brushes the hammered sides of a copper pot – she lights the stack of wood beneath and casts the spices into its depths, growing flames caress a rounded belly reflecting … Continue reading

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