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Reading Jim Pascual Agustin's English poems is like treading on ground littered with watusi firecrackers. Every piece is cramful of surprises, the rhythmically fragmented lines crackling at every step, without knowing why they are there, we stumble on, and every step of the way we are startled by the exploding light, and we are blinded by the many moments of marvel that th ...more
Paperback, 84 pages
Published 2013 by University of Santo Tomas Publishing House
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Feb 18, 2014 K.D. Absolutely rated it really liked it
My third time to read a poetry collection by Jim Pascual Agustin and I am still tremendously impressed. His poetry still speaks to me like a sea breeze that blows from the Pacific while I am lying on a hammock under the mango tree on one summer's lazy day. Most of the poems in this collection are mostly set (my impression) in South Africa. Agustin migrated there in 1994 after spending his growing up years and early adulthood here in thw Philippines. However, just like his sentiments in his seemi ...more
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Oct 21, 2013 Jim Agustin rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I've read this as if it were not my own work - however possible/impossible that may be - and I would be lying if I said I didn't like it. I hope other readers give this book a chance to be read and re-read.
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Jim Pascual Agustin was born in the Philippines. His early years were spent in a communal house where he struggled to remember all the names of his numerous cousins. His family was forced out of their land to make way for the construction of a highway named after the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. With the help of an Irish Jesuit, Fr. James O'Brien, Jim was able to enter Ateneo de Manila Universi ...more
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