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It’s not difficult to see a common theme in “Abide, Joshua and other stories.” Tiempo’s characters struggle with themselves, each of them having internal turmoils that she expounds on quite extensively. Perhaps Tiempo considered character vs. self conflict is universal. I agree; a person always has conflicts within themselves, sometimes due to external reasons, like family conflicts in “Abide, Joshua” and “The Corral,” or internal ones, such as the fear of getting old in “The Dimensions of Fear. ...more
Edith L. Tiempo, poet, fiction writer, teacher and literary critic is one of the finest Filipino Writers in English whose works are characterized by a remarkable fusion of style and substance, of craftsmanship and insight. Her poems are intricate verbal transfigurations of significant experiences as revealed, in two of her much anthologized pieces, "Lament for the Littlest Fellow" and "Bonsai." As ...more