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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, August 16, 2011



48 summers ago, on our maiden dance,
I knew I had only one left foot,
but almost died to discover I had two. 


Skating, sailing at Burnham Park,
I stole my first kiss, and carved
her name on a pine tree’s brittle bark. 


Now we watch shimmering summer sunsets
on porches while we play our waiting game,
wondering if her name is still among the branches. 

---Albert B. Casuga

These poems were posted earlier in their original "one-line/one-sentence" forms in Dave Bonta's Via Negativa, 08-13-11

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