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    na, mula noong 24 Enero, 2006, ang nakitambay dito

On Speculation and the Patronizing Nature of Writers Who Think They Know You
Thursday, October 02, 2008
“Mikael Co, for example, has made his mark on the Philippine poetic landscape because he writes excellent nationalistic poetry in both English and Filipino (he's a back to back Palanca 1st prize winner in Poetry in both languages)- why can't there be poetry for pinoy scifi or fantasy?”
- Dean Alfar

Because poetry does not concern itself
with genres. Because today the first man
died of hunger and that is not at all
speculation, that is a lie. Because the nation
is also a lie and the truest thing I can say
does not concern it: it concerns me
and the mud-caked hemline of a flower
-vendor’s skirt, rain, sunlight browning
the blood on a corpse’s hands still clenched
around a gun. Oh dear granddaddy
of contemporary Filipino fantasy, dear
Jedi-master, I’m no Padawan of yours,
so thank you for mentioning the Palancas!
Now people will start calling me, asking
to give me handjobs and blowjobs
and writing jobs so I can pay the phone bills
I’ve racked up from calling my sister abroad.
She’s wiping the pus off this language’s bed-sores.
She liked Jude Devereaux and Nora Roberts
back when she still had time to read.
Now she’d rather dream of coconuts. Dear
English I’m getting tired of the way
I have to use commas all the time so let me
just tell you that people who haven’t even read
my poems shouldn’t call them nationalistic
because they aren’t. You see, once I wrote
about Mebuyen and her thousand tits
and Bulan with her one silver eye
and now everyone thinks I jog everyday
with the Philippine flag draped over my shoulders
singing Di na, di na, ‘nde, ‘nde, di mababasa
ng ulan
, but really I don’t have stories
to tell about them. Only lies. Mebuyen’s
boobies have been sucked dry. Bulan’s eye
is infested with flies. See how I rhyme?
Dear Salamancero whom I’ve never seen
with his shirt untucked, dear
Corporate Communications Executive,
thank you for mentioning my name,
now I’m getting so many blog hits I can run
for President of D’Jalangawngaw, Eighteenth
Republic of Kuriyapong, tenth planet from
a sun borne of the collective swelling
of our lungs. Dear Mr. Speculative Fiction,
is this scifi enough for you? Fantastic enough?
Here I am, come, draw your light-saber.
Your photon thingawhatever.
Cast your black fucking lotus.
I can hear the moon howling
an oyayi now, singing hush hush hush
which means Huwag kang maingay
may naglalaba
, which of course is also
a lie. This is a lie. This is a poem.
Watooom! Watoom! Watoom.
That is the sound of a heart.


posted by mdlc @ 12:28 PM  
  • At 5:06 PM, Blogger waps said…

    Blaster Rifle nalang! "Come! Draw out your Blaster Rifle! Roar like a Wookie in love! Come feel the powah of the daaaarrrk siiiiidddddeeee!"

  • At 5:30 PM, Blogger CMC said…

    ang labo talaga niyang inepigraph mo mula sa kanya. parang may iba siyang lohikang hindi ko masakyan.

  • At 10:42 PM, Blogger Sasha Martinez said…

    Oh my.

  • At 8:44 AM, Anonymous soy said…

    *big grin*
    iba 'to.

  • At 9:28 AM, Blogger mikael said…

    waps: hardcore ka talaga.

    mitch: medyo nga, e.

    sasha: oh my ka diyan.

    soy: hee.

  • At 10:09 AM, Blogger Edgar Calabia Samar said…

    kael! dito, makikisabat na 'ko. "excellent nationalistic poetry"--when i first read that in alfar's, i, well, cringed. thank god you share my thoughts that it's not necessarily a compliment to be labeled as such or to be labeled of anything at all. either you've been misread or you've not been read at all. each & every line's attempt to confront a particular human condition in your poetry is now collectively valued as matters of excellence and nationalism IN poetry, mr. excellent nationalist poet. this, i think, is a perfect example of how positive (or not necessarily negative) descriptions can devalue a noun. isn't being a poet enough? isn't fiction enough? for poems are happy just by being poems.

  • At 10:11 AM, Blogger mikael said…

    egay, thanks for that. i'll let my poem speak for itself, though.

  • At 11:51 AM, Blogger KARL De MESA said…

    wasaaaaak! kael has gonads of poetic steel. r-e-s-p-e-c-t, you no bloodclot, me brotha.

    PS san yung black lotus spell?

  • At 12:00 PM, Blogger mikael said…

    karl: sa magic, 'yung magic: the gathering, 'yun ang pinakamahal na card sa magic, mehn.

  • At 1:15 AM, Blogger waps said…

    Meron pa ata akong dual land pre. Gusto mo benta ko sayo? Meron akong volcanic island. blue and red mana. Isang kendi lang saka kaunting muzak. write a new wasak poem and i'll throw in an icy manipulator and jester's cap. Hahaha! Geek amp.

  • At 1:36 AM, Blogger mikael said…

    waps: seryoso ka? bibilhin ko 'yan, totoo, seryoso.

  • At 2:08 PM, Blogger yol said…

    pucha ako na lang bibili ng volcanic island na yan! kalimutan na ang nasyunalismo! ang mahalaga, mabuo ko yung deck/dick kong amoy biko.

    (kahapon, nabasa ko ang katagang "sumuso sa tradisyon ng...". una, gusto ko yun, kasi ang dating parang babae ang tradisyon. pero nung naisip kong puro lalaki ang nasa kanon...)

  • At 11:59 PM, Blogger karl r. de mesa said…

    hmm, asteg ah.

    you know BH actually has a song called "flight of specters" though si poldo nag-areglo and nag-sulat kasi alaws ako alam dyan (i played vampire:jyhad before the whole shinola got too expensive). sabi nya tungkol daw yun sa wasak na magic:TG card.

    kakaibang geekdom din pala ang card games hehe

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