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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, July 24, 2012



Thoughts of a dry brain in a dry season.---From “Gerontion” by T.S. Eliot

Come out of the garden,
we will need to redeem
this wasted lifetime of
frozen acts and dreams.

How can we relive what
never lived beyond that?
Where is it now, or when?
Why should we even care?

There was a time when
it was good to sing songs,
and sounds made sense.
The songs are cackles now.

Why should I even rise
from a sleep I never had?

---Albert B. Casuga

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