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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, September 16, 2011



Watching night turn to day—a thing that should be gradual, but instead proceeds by small leaps of realization: “It’s lighter now!” Rain. ---Dave Bonta, The Morning Porch, 09-15-11

Rhythms define our movements here
before we arrive at still points we find
are quaint leaps of quiet epiphanies: 

sundowns are sunrises like crashing
waves ebb, nights are days shorn of
nightmares, screams of pain a lullaby. 

I see these circles twirl and ask:  why?
Is darkness known only through light?
Fierce love through utter loneliness? 

Why must a bright day be rained on?
How does life go from death to living?
Lest one dies to oneself, he is not alive. 

When the rhythm ceases on a still point,
do movements move toward an end?
Where is my end when I have not begun? 

---Albert B. Casuga

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