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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, April 5, 2011

RETURN MAIL (After a Letter to Providence)*: A Collaborative Poem

Return Mail (After a Letter to Providence)


Home will always be what you cup in your hands,
protect it, trust that wild winds will break sturdy
twigs that hold teetering nests: hold what you can
in your palms, breathe life to all that land there,
even the treacherous—they, too, need this shelter
built to pitch acorn seeds from that an oak may grow.
You are an oak tree among the bramble and weeds:
sway with wild winds, as regal and gentle as you are;
your estate is the sky, reach even higher. That is home.

—Albert B. Casuga
Mississauga, ON 04-04-11

*Prompted by Luisa A. Igloria’s A Letter to Providence, Via Negativa and Morning Porch by Dave Bonta, 04-04-11

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