Not sure who to vote for in the Poetry category of the Filipino Readers’ Choice Awards? Or you’re simply curious about the nominated books? Here’s some information and reviews about the books. We hope this helps you vote, and pick up some of the nominees to read for yourself. :)
Don’t forget: you can show your support for your favorite books among the nominees of the first Filipino Readers’ Choice Awards — just drop by this ballot and submit! The top 3 books per category will proceed to the next round. Voting period is until July 31.
Under the Storm: An Anthology of Contemporary Philippine Poetry by Khavn de la Cruz and Joel M. Toledo
(2011, Antithesis Collective)
A compilation of 150 poems from an eclectic mix of poets.
- “With this eclectic mix of poems in various styles and techniques, Under the Storm holds a lot of promise within its 360something pages.” – Yuppie Universe
The El Bimbo Variations (3rd ed) by Adam David
(2010, The Youth and Beauty Brigade)
To write ninety-nine versions of a single line sounds like the idle boast of a literary geek in response to a drunken dare. Though endearing in its brain-over-brawn daredevilry, it smacks of absurdity, the chances of its successful execution slim. Up the ante—pick a line from a well-known and well-loved song, one that hardly needs rewriting to begin with—and the stage is set for the author of the boast to lose the bet, ending up naked, injured, or broke instead. Unless, that is, the literary geek in question is Adam David, who, in writing The El Bimbo Variations, turns what might be dismissed as a harebrained idea into a hilarious, thought-provoking read.
- “I don’t know what this is — a mishmash of lyrics, impressions, dream fragments, quirky one-liners, social propaganda, comics, witticisms, etc. — but I’m liking it in a way I’ve never liked a book before.” – Kristine Muslim (Goodreads)
- “The El Bimbo Variations will have something in store for you, regardless of how much effort you choose to put into it. If you’re merely looking for a good laugh, it’s there. If you want exhilarating new poetry, that’s there, too.” – Coffeespoons