PANORAMA, Aug, 27
August 28, 2006
In essence, literary practice is a subject-object dialectic between writer-reader, writer-milieu, and reader-milieu. That is why there is such a thing as literary aesthetics. Writer-reader preferences being a convention borne out of ‘historical contingency’.
For instance, a literary artist may fail to gain approval in an institution where literary ignorance is prevalent. Or to invert it, a country enmeshed in non-literary preoccupations such as popular noontime shows may avoid literary discussions.
There is a notion that poetry sections in magazines are avoided by Filipinos. That is why we have very few of them in number.
But it is still a subject-object dialectic. For one, my subjectivity may just be further challenged by this set-up making me write more poems, more and more, in order to throw them right in the face of oblivion. The act itself is already ironic, much more, poetic.
That is why we woke up from sleep and started sending poems to magazines again. Thirteen days after we sent it, our short poem ‘Walang Lambat ang Hiningang Malalim’ saw print in the August 27 issue of Philippine Panorama.
Of course, thanks to the maiden who inspired us. And the poetry editor, Cirilo F. Bautista.