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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 13, 2011



 Why is there no water in that/recurrent dream where I attempt/to take a shower in a tiny closet?---From “Each Question is Always the Same Question” by Luisa A. Igloria, Via Negativa, 08-11-11 

These are the day’s fears come home to roost,
when all that we can look forward to is sleep
to salve hurts heaped as staples of our lives:

How often do we lash out to blame each other
for lost chances at being happy? For laughter
gone from rooms we leave never ever to return? 

In other rooms, in other voices, do we hope
to remake, maybe rebuild, a ruptured refuge?
In your nightmare, there is no water in the closet.

---Albert B. Casuga

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