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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.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

NOSTALGIA (A Found Poem)


Cackles of geese flying north break
the late morning sounds of creaking,
icecoated branches rocking in the wind.
Another storm gathers, and the winged
migrants leave for warmer spaces.

O, for sturdy wings, and a squadron
of kindred souls flying out of arctic regard!
Warmer times, warmer places, other
voices, other rooms: I long for those old
cellophane sounds of sheer curtains
brushing against the chimes lavish
with their tinkles until the wind dies down.

Odd, but with hurt urgency, I hear them.

— Albert B. Casuga
Mississauga, 0-021-11

The poem was "found" in these images:
A fresh cement of wintry mix traversed by chipmunks, tails italic with urgency. Ice-coated branches rock in the wind—a cellophane sound. ---Dave Bonta, The Morning Porch, 02-21-11(

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