Love/Craft (Panorama)

This is my first guest editor credit and I'm so proud. Late last month, the wonderful people of the Manila Bulletin Lifestyle section asked me to be the guest editor for the love issue of the Panorama. I was so happy to take it because I thought it would be amazing to do something like…Read more Love/Craft (Panorama)

four years as an artist

I was always afraid to call myself an artist when I was younger. I was writing all the time and I definitely had ambitions but I had such high regard for artists and what they do that I was not ever going to call myself one until I felt that I had earned that right.…Read more four years as an artist

back to basics

I'm currently listening to Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 in E Flat major, Op. 73 "Emperor": I. Allegro as conducted by Alfred Brendel with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Bernard Haitink. It just seemed appropriate after what just transpired only a few minutes ago as I'm typing this. As I've mentioned in a previous post…Read more back to basics

a master of something

I've been really itching and aching to study again. I've become very politicised lately but I don't know how to use my art as an instrument for my politics. At the same time, I don't want to use art merely as a political tool. I still want it to be about craft and telling compelling…Read more a master of something

the waiting game

In the last month, I've submitted my poems for publication to three different organisations or groups. I was asked to submit, for consideration, my writing for an annual zine. I also saw a call for submissions for fictionists and poets who have not yet published their own solo book for an anthology. I also submitted…Read more the waiting game

working on craft

I'm thinking of taking a serious pause on writing poetry for awhile. I feel my style of poetry has become predictable and too structured. Except for a few poems of mine, most of my work no longer surprises me and while I feel that I may have found my distinct voice, I feel my style…Read more working on craft