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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 19, 2011


There is beauty, and there is work. ---“Territories”, Luisa A. Igloria


Of course, pulcra is its own territory:
Isn’t beauty its only excuse for being?

When created, it has its boundaries
defined as edges of petals or blades

of leaves, twigs of branches, birdsongs.
And work? Work is the homely sibling.

Pulcra et utile. Beauty and usefulness.
Where poetry works, there beauty is.

Where, pray, is the bounden territory?
Rival trills of a phantom symphony.

—Albert B. Casuga

Prompt: The thin forsythia at the woods’ edge is in bloom at last. Two towhees battle over territory: rival renditions of the same six-note trill.---Morning Porch, Dave Bonta,04-18-11

Collaborative Poem Prompt: Luisa A. Igloria”s “Territories,” posted in Via Negativa, 04-18-11

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