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ALBERT B. CASUGA, a Philippine-born writer, lives in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, where he continues to write poetry, fiction, and criticism after his retirement from teaching and serving as an elected member of his region's school board. He was nominated to the Mississauga Arts Council Literary Awards in 2007. A graduate of the Royal and Pontifical University of St. Thomas (now University of Santo Tomas, Manila. Literature and English, magna cum laude), he taught English and Literature (Criticism, Theory, and Creative Writing) at the Philippines' De La Salle University and San Beda College. He has authored books of poetry, short stories, literary theory and criticism. He has won awards for his works in Canada, the U.S.A., and the Philippines. His latest work, A Theory of Echoes and Other Poems was published February 2009 by the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House. His fiction and poetry were published by online literary journals Asia Writes and Coastal Poems recently. He was a Fellow at the 1972 Silliman University Writers Workshop, Philippines. As a journalist, he worked with the United Press International and wrote an art column for the defunct Philippines Herald.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

WRITER'S NOTEBOOK 4: A Portfolio of Sketches

Don Pablo Picasso

Street Scene below
the Frontenac

Mme. Isabel on the
train back to Toronto

The lady was
crying. Baldy

Le Ile de Notre

Montreal Orpheus:
El Guitarista

Gorda waiting for bus.

Men wondering why
blackbirds were dying
in the City Square.

These sketches were part of the Notebook for a Vacation in Montreal, Quebec, 1985.
When one cannot write, one draws. Or Paint. Fingerpaint. The writer's block thrives on sloth and inactivity. Better still, get to the bistros and exercise your arm muscles by lifting those mugs of beer and glasses of wine. Cheers! Salud! Salut! Kampai!
Turn down an empty cup.

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