Nikki and I usually hang out at the Mt. Cloud Bookshop at Casa Vallejo when we are tired of looking at the ‘untouchable’ flowers in Sunshine Park and the bitchy manong at the Japanese Garden. However, that afternoon there is one wreck of a thing to do and it was raining and guess what, we used Mt. Cloud as our comfy, personal waiting shed.
I stumbled upon Lourd Ernesto De Veyra’s book Shadowboxing in Headphones and I was really impressed. De Veyra’s inkling for a really musical poetry is the first of its kind that I read from a Filipino author. The urban imagery of the poems is far from being realist, as its conveys a subjective and almost surrealist picture of Philippines urban realities. Will read this after scraping some savings, and dedicate some time to reading it deeper.