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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, October 28, 2011



Even harsh and disturbing sounds get transformed when anticipated mayhem fail to happen. A bright sky scuttles the first frost of winter, and from a distance, the gecko-rhythm of hammers pounding on surfaces that need mending for the season's turn, could echo Wagnerian cymbals; to these old ears, almost a tinkle from Duchin. All in spite of cold weather.

I would have felt immensely pleased sipping my tea, save for the trill from the kitchen: Clean the chimney, laddie. You don't want me to die coughing, do ya?

--- Albert B. Casuga

Prompt: The first frost fades under a white sky. I’m noticing how at a distance even a sound like the banging of a hammer becomes a sort of music. --- Dave Bonta, The Morning Porch, 10-28-11

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