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“At this historical moment when the issue of how to respond to suffering is so fraught as to leave us speechless, the poems of Conchitina Cruz have found a way to speak. Here in this starkly beautiful volume, she has discovered a language sufficient to the terrors and the joys of the contemporary. The highest praise that can be given to any work of literature—and Dark Hour ...more
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Published 2005 by University of the Philippines Press
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K.D. Absolutely
Aklat #29: DARK HOURS by Conchitina Cruz
(Youth & Beauty Brigade, 2014)

This edition is for the 10th year anniversary of this book. When this was first published by the University of the Philippines Press in 2005, this won the National Book Award the following year.

Truly an enjoyable read. Each poem, each line was masterfully crafted. Then at the end of each page is a message that talks to the reader. That leaves a question to the reader. That for a few moments, obliges the r
Divine Anas
I think I have to reread this when I'm in the proper headspace to fully appreciate it, otherwise, I'm just too dumb for poetry. ...more
Ivan Labayne
Jan 23, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pinoy, tulaan
Too many "sweet misundertandings" too maybe between me the reader and the texts I'm reading, but it's fine. They are sweet, and misunderstandings are not always unproductive ...more
Aloysiusi Lionel
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is so far the most captivating collection of poems I've read from a Filipino writer! Reading and enjoying each of the poems is like watching films such as "Her", "The Tree Of Life" and "Synecdoche, New York" over and over again until you find uncountable interpretations, until you find what each film says a lot "about" you. Conchitina Chingbee Cruz has given us a book that testified to the relentlessness of language's quest for oneness, by giving us an image of a city where watersheds, picn ...more
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The poems here can get confusing at times because Conchitina Cruz shifted perspective/POV in between verses, but the vast sadness enveloping her words, like a fog cocooning a city at dawn, is palpable.

You can feel the longing for someone who once lived in the city, but was now gone and the alienation the narrator feels to continue living in the same place they once shared.

My favorite from this is Alunsina takes a walk in the rain: “Later, when the roads turn slippery with your sadness, I will p
Nov 26, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommended to Oscar by: Barbara
Shelves: city-poems, poetry
The city is alive and terrible in this collection of prose and footnote poems. Cruz balances the role between citizen and chronicler with poems that bounce from the disdainful to the uneasy but, in their asking, leave the reader (fellow citizen?) with an opportunity to process their own emotions/experiences of living in the city.
Mar 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-books
Thoughts : I loved reading this. The city she wrote about was dark and lonely. I greatly enjoyed the style of prose. I also felt very nostalgic while reading this.
Marjorie Gavan
Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It would make you wish you knew the stories behind those verses.
Floreen Keech
May 12, 2021 rated it it was ok
Rating: 2.5 stars

I read this book because one of my best friend is obsessed with her and I just want to know why and just take a glimpse of what really goes into her brain.

I really liked this but I’m having a hard time understanding poetry as I grew older (sad). I don’t know maybe I have to be in the right head space to understand this. The poems depicted loneliness and I guess longing. These are beautiful poems but I wish I felt it more if you know.

Maybe I’ll just ask her to talk me through eac
M. P Vargas
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Jenina Yutuc
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have not read anyone that depicts urban solitude, isolation, and loneliness as beautiful and nostalgic as the works of prose and poems in this tiny book. I will keep coming back to the passages in the pages I folded. They feel like coming home.
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: uni, 2019, favorites
beautiful, beautiful anthology i read for my poetry class! read it yesterday and annotated, will reread about two more times before i start writing the paper on it! so excited and so happy that i chose this book to review. filipino poets are truly treasures
What a beautiful collection! You're supposed to read this quietly and calmly but I couldn't help but scream "this is so good!" or "omg, ang ganda!" (I kid you not, my brother can vouch for it, lol) almost every time I flip to the next page. 👏🏼 ...more
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like one of those nights
Oct 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
The loneliness and decay of the city is presented with nostalgia and graceful beauty. It felt simultaneously detached and familiar, warm and cold. A perfect read for rainy days
Apr 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021
Woke up during the wee hours. I looked for something to read, and it was the perfect choice.
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Shelves: poetry, filipiniana
I tried to chew on this slowly but once I sank my teeth into it I just couldn't help but finish the entire thing. Such is the effect of this poetry collection. It presents overall stories of decay and deterioration in and of an ever-changing city, with vivid images of graffiti and innocuous billboards looming over sinful streets and electric cables and abandoned building-projects. Also calls up memories long buried by life changes. Immersive and unforgettable. ...more
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