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Passage / poems 1983-2006 1 edition

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These poems attest to an admirably dogged insistence on making poetry part of everyday living. Many can be savored for their gentle lyricism and lovely imagery.—EILEEN R. TABIOS, publisher, Meritage Press, USA (author of I Take Thee, English, For My Beloved, Reproductions of the Empty Flagpole, The Secret Lives of Punctuations)

Maranan's Passage recreates the familiar trope of the poet-traveler's journeys into the interior. His diverse and generous destinations include but are not limited to Mt. Iraya, Sagada, Mapiya-aw, Iowa, Banpo Village, Parc Monceau,and Baguio. His wanderlust and restlessness reflect language's infinite capacity both to meander and contain, to loose a line and reel it back in within the auspices of daily experience and understanding. In this journey, "Remembrance/ is a swift train ride/ from tunnel to tunnel/ light to light/ from life to death/ to life." And in the arrival of these poems, vistas "[open] up green stanzas/ with no punctuation", betokening the future's return.—LUISA A. IGLORIA (author of Trill & Mordent, Blood Sacrifice, Encanto, In the Garden of the Three Islands, Cartography)

This collection of poems is the map of a voyage. We encounter the eloquence of landscapes wherein the structures of the external world correspond with perceptions of an eye that sees both the delicacy and the harshness of the human imprint. The geography of these poems crosses the globe, traversing the relics left by political cataclysm to find a space sustained by the steadfast beat of the heart.—ROWENA TIEMPO TORREVILLAS (author of Mountain Sacraments, Selected Poems, Upon the Willows and Other Stories, Flying Over Kansas / Essays)

Maranan's paeans to place manifest the poet's affinity with sacred spaces in the heart's and mind's eye. He sees beyond the surface — of topography, geography and history—indeed invents a new culture, personalized to the best of his elegant diction, for yet another way-station along his questing pilgrimage. He is at his best in such worship of peregrination.—ALFRED A. YUSON (author of Sea Serpent, Trading in Mermaids, Mothers Like Elephants, Hairtrigger Loves: 50 Poems on Woman)

I still remember Edgar Maranan's "Messiah Cantos" and especially "Ivatan," and so, rejoice that, after over twenty years since Agon, his first published collection in 1982, we have at last his own selection from all his prize-winning volumes in the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards. Most certainly, he has pride of place in our poetry in English. — GEMINO H. ABAD (author of Man of Earth, A Native Clearing, A Habit of Shores: Filipino Poetry and Verse from English, ‘60s to the ‘90s)
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poems 1983-2006

Published 2007 by Bookmark Inc. in Makati City, Philippines .

Table of Contents

i. Voyage west
Memorial stones in Suderburg 9
The road to Neuengamme 10
Haiku for a lake in Potsdam 12
Rocket weather 13
The timeless, at time’s end 15
Paysage 16
Parc Monceau in autumn 19
In Moïra’s studio 20
Dachau 21
The exile, in Dachau 22
Suite for two lakes 23
On hearing death news from home 25
Nightflight 743 to Manila 26
ii. The endless land
Winter Wheat 29
Spring Harvest 30
Banpo village museum 32
Fat old woman, fat old man on a windy Beijing street 34
Grandfather bus 35
Ten thousand eggs 36
Cranes 37
Tai Ji Quan 38
The forty-foot statue 40
At the headquarters of the Eighth Route Army in Xi’an 41
Cruising the Huangpu River on the Super Tourist boat 42
At the dining room of Peace Hotel, Shanghai 45
Night rain, dawn rain 46
Dawn scene in Xi’an 47
On the Great Wall: a parable of dragons 48
Fragments for a China girl from home 50
iii. Fall country
A fabulous riverboat 55
Squirrel, first sighting 57
American snapshots 58
Haiku park, Iowa 59
New caption for a 1907 portrait of Canadian Indians:
Samson Beaver and his family 60
Early snow, in mourning 61
Weena and whitefeathers 62
Angels and dragons 64
Iowa, winter of ‘85 65
Early morning north-south ride on the Chicago ‘El’ 68
Reaction to Christo on seeing his Australian seacoast wrap
project at the Chicago Institute of Art 71
Ponds and river past 72
Carlos Bulosan, sadly conversing in a Greyhound 74
One fall day 77
Flag and shanty 80
Amtrak 81
Country road 82
Silos 83
iv. Hinterland
Ivatan 85
Trekking on Mt. Iraya 87
A river in Marag 89
Cordillera Chronicles 91
Tingguian blanket 96
A feast in Antipolo 97
The huntsmen 99
Ambush hill 101
Fire in the forest 103
Baní 104
Dispatch 106
Marag Valley 108
v. Star maps
Star maps 110
Makagwa river song 112
Prologue to the chronicles of San Tercer 114
Magellanic Clouds 116
Still life 119
Aphorisms for Tataran island 121
Earthquake day 123
vi. Tabon
Tabon 126
The Caves of Lipuun 128
In memoriam 130
Moon over Malaybalay 131
Manubal 133
On the ferry to Mindoro 135
The ruins of Cagsawa 137
The sadness of rocks 139
Ingalú, for Mt. Pinatubo 140
vii. Lavigny
Haiku in midsummer 144
The moving shadow 146
The laws of motion 148
Lake of the moon 149
The six elongated animals 151
White sail 153
viii. Rites of passage
The New World, in 1963 155
Daedalus reports to the new President 156
Epithalamion 159
Love is where a certain forest is 160
Night fishing in Morong 162
Prams 164
Autumn haiku for G 166
London airs, 1994 167
The Queen Mum & my Grandmother at 95 169
Lament for a minor revolutionary at the turn of the century 171
Hagdang Bato, 1896 173
Dekada ‘70 175
Ways of dying 177
Haiku on a distant war 180
Triptych 182
Deathbed 185

The Physical Object

Number of pages
9 x 7 x .6 inches
300 grams

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ISBN 978-971-569-586-2

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