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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 12, 2011


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Tell me the lie again/about how good it is to live/only for others?---From “Each Question is Always the Same Question” by Luisa A. Igloria, Via Negativa, 08-11-11

Is it the new place? Is that where we could find food?
I am tired now. Could we stop and drink water
from that pool out there? I see it. I see it. Let us hurry
before it is gone. Clouds are dancing around the sun.
Are we there yet, Mother? Is it the new place,  Father? 

Soon, child, soon. There will be wells. There will be corn.
Here, sip on this rug, it still has some water left. Wipe
the sweat off your face, give the cloth to your son. Soon.
Suck on it. Hurry, and give it to your sister after. Soon.
There is no pool of water there. Just the sun and sand. 

BBC News: “Somalians are moving out to Kenya to escape
the widespread famine. Orphans now outnumber parents
who have perished along the way. Border guards are now
dumping bodies in mass graves to forestall the outbreak
of typhoid and cholera. No body count has yet been made”

---Albert B. Casuga

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