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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, July 8, 2011



There are hearts. And there are hearts.
But that bird with one smaller than
a pencil eraser has worked frenziedly
to whirr and flutter  over eager flowers 

and tender leaves more than my wary
heart has tried to run out and break
free from its bricked-up gaoler, afraid
that one day I would lose that teetering 

shadow at the door, pine for that scent
I run to on evenings like this, to a deep
smell of skin, and to taste his apple breath.
O for an urgent whisper on a whiff of wind! 

Would the murmur of wings still be there,
to keep my heart gentle and unshuttered?

---Albert B. Casuga

I’ve lived mostly alone in the bricked-up house of my heart,/but a wind teeters at the door, smelling of skin and apple breath.---From “Ode to the Heart Smaller than a Pencil Eraser” by Luisa A. Igloria, Via Negativa, 07-07-11

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