citations for a dream1
the whole thing collapse at the dawn
of history2 when tiger look askance
on His earthisland possessions
riding shotgun the crocodile3
little bunso and kapatid kayak kuya
swing generous-genealogied into the mouth
of a dream where wound are aperture
and not deep pit to lose oneself down4
deep lore come present itself dressed
in the timbre of a nighttime5
and your ancestor spirits too6
one opens the dream like a sari sari store
and the packaged goods like oneirogens
shines the floors with buko so young
the bayog caricatures the sky in a parody
where what is originary embellished
in a watercolours of the new
and what is new a horizon
gulls exploded into kaleidoscope
and the turtle supine
encasing his folklore
in lineage of oceancurrent
his genitor tautologies
prolix as consequence the journey
welcomes us in our own shrugoff skins
little bunso and kapatid kayak kuya
sing the language vernacular
sing the body redoubled8
if once our guides walked the waters
anachrotime runs the body mammalian
through knowledge biomimetic
sing the body referential!
sing the body in droves
the dancing the violence
the arkipelagic dreaming
of a drumbeat footsong
bamboo clacked ankle
and chronicle tempi9
hide to fascia boneburied
ritual folded morphology
all folded here for you feasting
before citizen, to each our own waters10
we are outriggers
with great sails like celebration anointing
the formation not of city but of mountain11
riverine peninsula and to each their own sun12
sky bow-bended over the edge of wondering
if you, your island feet, could walk
the long way of a compass direction
to the gaping maw of survivance13
to the palpitation blood-heavy
if one told you you were loved
you were loved
the stars our relations
our astrology of origins
the constellations we vagabond14
the skies we track home
Ako’y may dala-dalang balita galing sa bayan ko Nais kong ipamahagi ang mga kuwento
At mga pangyayaring nagaganap sa lupang ipinangako
a voice strange and distant and foreign—I wanted to get outside of myself. A different lens. And I wanted to write about this unfinished thing—this revolution. A story of war and loss so repressed and so untold. But all I did was dwell on trauma that only causes recurrence of pain. (Apostol 2018: 292)
like ancient silk, like clandestine pearl.
In the constant lunar night this luminescence
was all we hoped for.
Nu anung anung anung anungan
Nu anung anung anung anung
Nu anung anungan nunganu
Nu da nga kawo maglume nu anu
Turug anung anung anungan
from a canopy of bronchial trees. Flight can be fragile, bungled by words. Everything I wish I had never said: knots.
(Ong 2015: 17)
a desiring corpus, occupied by the words of others, is the most difficult of these types of translations: Magsalin simply refuses to accept them. (Apostol 2018: 60)
Nagayusac agpababa inggana wayawaya
Now this road to the rice paddies
And my feet are bone-dry
Feeling something coursing underneath And into me, the buried river Breaking through like blood.
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