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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.

Saturday, August 20, 2011



Goats can get by, I swear, / on the notes no one else sings. --- From “The Fretless Banjo” by Dave Bonta, Via Negativa, 08-19-11


Notes no one else sings are melodies
everyone should sing: a prescription
like this must come from the bowels
of hell, like decreeing the decapitation
of one,  Salman Rushdie, writer, who
has written about the verses of  one,
Satan, and not unlike a loyal Lucifer,
sang his own version of Allah Akbar,
sealed his sentence from angry imams,
decried the descended jihad’s wrath,
and the world of revolted men cried: 

Let him live! He is not even an infidel!
Let him perish, and he will live forever,
like that proud and fallen archangel,
who sat brightly as a burning minion
of the Almighty at last count, and still
wreaking murderous mayhem where
places are still hovels of madmen who
praise merciful Allah as they slit throats
of kinsmen who get by on notes no one
else sings, like goats, and angry poets. 

---Albert B. Casuga

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