連歌

Conceit

There is a place for me somewhere.
To evade death: tell the body to stop
living; last forever as stone.
Wait for a better time. Disregarding the absence
of stars as disaster, we drew them all down
a net so vast it could harness heaven.
Then say the words to come back,
to feel the air again: how breath blooms
from a pair of calcified lungs, all our lives
sweet static from a dying phonograph.
The songs told us how it would be,
lyrics eventually lulled into a language
only dust understood.
The house we lived in was never cleaned.
The windows were always closed.

 

Renga with Monch. In which we just line a yellow paper with lies.

Love X Death

(Excuse the whacko title of this Crazy!Renga with Monching D)

What I’d like to tell you is “I’m okay,”
having taken the prescribed Lithium,
I can hear the clock tick in song, slurred and long –
I don’t stutter anymore.
I keep the stories to myself;
your face clear in each,
the stretch of your body reaching out
to the other bodies – their lips becoming yours: thin
as a curved needle, awaiting a body, an ailment to fix, affixing
suture to both mend and blend with skin, with sinew: scars
that have kept festering, persisting like bone
beneath a hundred layers of bedrock. I count
the months by the doses, by the cups
of water sipped, signifying compliance, the desire for some form
of recovery. I’m okay and no one watches
as I sleep, dreaming of flames- tremors dancing
at the tips of my fingers.

Plague 2: Get Infected

So sometime during the course of the past few weeks I was working on a few babies for this awesome anthology edited by Fidelis Tan.

 

Here’s from Fid’s post/plug:

Plague 2. Going on sale during Summer Komikon on May 26 at the Bayanihan Center, Pasig.

A plague strikes the human race. No known cause, no exceptions, no cure.

Featuring the works of Mary Ranises, Charles Tan, Niki Calma, Roy Tristan Agustin, Josel Nicolas, Tilde Acuna, Alyza Taguilaso, and Elie Javier (who made the cover).

Editor, Fidelis Tan. Layout fairy, Rai Perez.

Fragments-

Delayed post is delayed! Holiday Matters have been taking me away lately. Anyhoo, a collaboration between myself and the awesome possum Tilde is in the second volume of The Quarterly Bathroom Companion Comics Compendium (QBCCC).

The piece is “Fragments: In Which We Are”, which Tilde did a good job of turning all topsy-turvy and nifty and it looks so much better in print, so if you’re in the Cubao area, Sputnik Fantastik over at Cubao X is selling them copies for Php 200. 164 pages of comics and articles; 28 creators!

Under the cut is the text version of Fragments (but really, dear children, please go get the comics)

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