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And, finally, we came up with a more compound one, attempting to study, if not defy, the limits of style, structure, and media, thus, departing from the margins while keeping space, as we know it, undefined, so to speak. With the book’s dynamic approach to an age when we are all subject to compartmentalized outlooks and fed with a prepackaged sense of identity, it’s a challenge to insist on finding meaning and value in ubiquity.

Lines of Lila Book Cover Art

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Half-empty words wash away
the narratives, spilt favours,
modern fatigue —
we owe the landowners —
as our worn out pleas
flee in silence.
Our kins rode the wings of fate
in begging fashion,
shoveling their own
craving for death.
We mourn for old debts,
for we are tiny pebbles
in a shore of gluttons.
What purpose do our lips serve
when we speak pass the clouds?
While we cease to embrace
the pen with our tongues?
We dug out the snare, fist and spine.
They fed on our spirit.

-Armineonila M., 2016

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Green Dreams
Armineonila M.

I lost your grip
in the thunderstorm, and you,
likewise, lost mine
under the dragon’s breath –
a huge firewall stood
between us – a dead end’s curse,
cirrus clouds loomed
from a distance tainting
the sun’s rays, no illuminated path
the rainbow’s bend dared
deny us a destination.


Lunhaw
Tagalog translation by a friend

Nawala ko ang iyong kapit
nang bumagyo’t nagrilim, at ikaw,
ganoon din, nabitawhan kita
sa lilim ng dambuhalang hininga –
‘sang ga-bituing pader ang poder
nating sangga – sumpang sadya,
malabalahibong ulap ng kilabot
mula sa di-kalayuan ang lumimlim
sa mga sinag ng araw,
naglaho ang daang matuwid
arko ng balangaw ang tumindig
upang ipagkait sa atin ang tagpuan.

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Before I share my brief thoughts on Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass, first, I would like to share this adorable message from the Red Queen which I’m sure you’ll all heart.

Now, back to my thoughts. Disney’s production team, famous for its elaborate visual fetishization of Tim Burton’s 2010 Alice in Wonderland, brings us this new not-so-Tim-Burtonish loose adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s 1871 novel, Through the Looking Glass. Disney’s film version, Alice Through the Looking Glass, which I will refer to as ATLG, takes us back to the “Underland” with a multi-plot time travel theme minus the time travel paradox. And, guess what? The Thenardiers had a touching reunion, too. Aww. Knowing Carroll as a pedantic logician, the sequel, or should I say, prequel, seemed to have missed some spots in nailing a good interpretation of the illusions of Time, who in this film sports a clumsy mustache and an infamous Borat expression. So, learning from ATLG that we all literally travel through time, at least geographically, we are taught that you can break, steal, escape, or even mock Time with possible consequences, of course. The whole conundrum the characters had to surpass is mandatory to make Mr. Mad Hatty mad again. Ha-ha!

The production’s creatives, under the steering wheel of director James Bobin, breathe into the film a quasi-surrealist, quasi-realist historical timelapse toward the all-mechanical industrial era, juxtaposing the bland, almost draggy Victorian backdrop, in which the silly but empowered protagonist, The Alice, defeated the Jabberwocky poem. He, he. No spoilers here. Fairly speaking, I was quite enamored by the visuals, especially the sort-of-Victorian set, with a little help from my spectacles and my 3D glasses. Yes. It’s pure MADNESS!!! On a side note, I got to watch the film on two pairs of looking glasses while drinking a cup of symbolism. Overall, ATLG is not really that bad for a screen adaptation. It’s just that, time flies so fast ATLG’s plot could hardly catch up with it. Sigh. So I highly recommend that you grab a popcorn now and read the book. My verdict: 4/10 (the additional 3 was for the 3D effects, in case you’re wondering).


Mini musing: 

Super goo
oh, super goo
how ze adore you
pamper the quick fixes
of the whinny super gloo
gloo to the gums and boo
that do gummy bubble gammy
in the loo
oh, super goo
ditzy little substance
for the gooey, gooily
you, goo-goo eyes
quit this Friday zoo

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“RARE OCCURRENCES” BY NABEEL PHILIP MOHAN. MIGRANT WRITES, Q8 BOOKS, MAR. 14.

“RARE OCCURRENCES” BY NABEEL PHILIP MOHAN. MIGRANT WRITES, Q8 BOOKS, MAR. 14, 2015. Read more here.

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No Return Address: A collection of poems

Pluma would like to reach out to readers across the globe and share with them this wonderful undertaking of making ends meet. After a long wait, Pluma’s first collection of poems, No Return Address, is finally out in the global market and ready to inform people from all walks of life of the shared experiences of migrants in their journeys.

No Return Address is a fine way to initiate a dialogue wherein people of different cultural orientations may one day find a common ground.

Grab a copy of No Return Address: A collection of poems from Lulu and share reading moments with families and friends.

(Source: Pluma Migrant Writers Guild)

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The Map Maker’s Border is a poem written by Pluma writer, Wilfred Waters. Wil was raised in Australia and currently resides in Kuwait. The Map Maker’s Border is the poem he read during the poetry reading session of Mapping Meetup, a joint event discussing crowdmaps of domestic help abuse in the Middle East created by Ushahidi and organised by two Kuwait-based groups, Pluma Literary Migrants Guild and Kuwait Mapping Meetup (currently Human Rights Mapping Meetup) at TIES Centre on May 2014. Read more Pluma poems here.

 

The Map Maker's Border by Wilfred Waters

 

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