Know Your Nominees: Poetry

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.

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Under the StormUnder 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.

Reviews:

  • “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

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The El Bimbo VariationsThe 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.

Reviews:

  • “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

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May Tiyanak sa Loob ng Aking Bag by Eugene EvascoMay Tiyanak sa Loob ng Aking Bag by Eugene Evasco
(2011, Anvil)

Kay sarap magtampisaw sa maliliksing salita ng mga tula;
Kay inam maligo sa ambon ng nakakakiliting tunog ng taludtod;
Kay sayang makipaglaro sa maririkit na larawan sa librong ito!

Heidi Emily Eusebio-Abad
Guro at premyadong kuwentista para sa mga bata

Award:

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Baha-Bahagdang Karupukan Baha-Bahagdang Karupukan by Jim Pascual Agustin
(2011, UST)

This is a new collection of poetry in Filipino by Jim Pascual Agustin which was released in 2011 alongside his collection of poetry in English, Alien to Any Skin.

Reviews:

  • “REKOMENDADO KO ITO SA MGA NAGBABASA NG TULANG TAGALOG o DOON SA MGA GUSTONG SUMUBOK MAGBASA. Madaling intindihin dahil contemporary ang mga salita at malayang taludturan free verse ang ginamit na porma ng tula.” – KD (Goodreads)

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Alien to Any Skin by Jim Pascual AgustinAlien to Any Skin by Jim Pascual Agustin
(2011, UST)

Alien to Any Skin is the fourth poetry book by Jim Pascual Agustin.  It was released in 2011 by the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House alongside the author’s third book, Baha-bahagdang Karupukan, a collection of poetry in Filipino.

Reviews:

  • Alien to Any Skin by Jim Pascual Agustin is an unforgettable collection of wonderful poems. Most of them are profoundly moving, intellectually-satisfying, mental-images provoking, poignant and tear jerking.” – KD (Goodreads)

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Off the Beaten Track: Tulaan sa Tren 2 edited by Gémino H. Abad, Bienvenido L. Lumbera, and Alfred A. Yuson
(2010, Vibal)

Off the Beaten Track (Poems from Tulaan sa Tren 2)