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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.

Friday, August 5, 2011


It is when we tumble over walls fencing us in
that we begin to learn that there is a garden
out there we have yet to explore, no rain
nor any scent of danger will stop us. We plow
on like that sodden woodchuck through our
own little plots and ask about that smell
of burning plastic wafting on a summer breeze
before it is too late to warn nestling neighbours
scavenging for scorched worms on brittle leaves:
the burning sky is falling.
—Albert B. Casuga

Prompt: A sodden baby woodchuck plows through the dripping garden and tumbles over the wall. A smell of burning plastic on the breeze.---Dave Bonta, The Morning Porch, 08-03-11

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