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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.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

TIRED (A Found Poem)


Off the porch, the broom
lies askew in the garden:
but for the flowers on it,
it could have been
a discarded truncheon.

Sunlight through twigs
casts obscure sketches
on the walkway where
its handle points out
like a broken arrow to
the stone dog standing
by the leaf-strewn porch.

Leaves would not be
swept off soon while
the sun’s whiskers
slowly disappear.
Another storm gathers.
The night wind should
do the sweeping.

—A. B. Casuga

Images triggering the "found" poem.
A wind in the night swept the broom off the porch; I find it in the garden. A thin milk of clouds. The sun’s whiskers slowly disappear.---Dave Bonta, The Morning Porch, 02-20-11

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