The Philippines Graphic Reader

The first and only magazine on Philippine literature in English

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2 poems

He Thinks Sounds Succumb to Extinction Perhaps he no longer gives the same attention to the sounds that once fed his senses: like the inconsolable sounds of waves through an empty...

The Lake Has Craters

As Zac walked towards the archives building, he noticed a bent betel tree growing dangerously close beside an old Ficus. Both old and young...

Worthy of YOU

Maru…my love I believe that you will make this world a better place, You and I will carry the weight of that hope, To be an example of a woman who doesn’t...

The Room

She found herself in an empty room. At first, she thought she was just dreaming. But the more she looked around, the more she...

Dreamcatcher

Tell me there is no death. But simply a change in dimension Worlds divided by linear comprehension. Worlds made invisible by mortal measure. Tell me it is but...

Gifts from Heaven

(Intro: Shariff Kabungsuan Festival While Christians prepare for Christmas, the Muslims in Maguindanao prepare for the Shariff Kabungsuan Festival to commemorate the arrival of Islam...

Sagada Scents

I wake up to the Aroma of arabica This gray morning In this now quiet town, There’s gentle drizzle Glistening on rooftops, May it turn to rain, To ease the pain  Of...

Jawo’s Last Game

He sat on the bench at the Coliseum, feeling a bit cold, so different from the times he would preside in the center of...

Kintsugi

How beautiful it is  to be conceived as earthenware—          tilled from soil,          pliant with water,          kneaded by skilled hands,          tempered by fire,          birthed by kilns.         ...

Boy in the Forest

Small step by small step I walk slowly toward the edge of the forest. It is early morning. I can hear familiar morning sounds....

The 2024 NICK JOAQUIN LITERARY AWARDS’ 82 GRAPHIC SALUTE AWARDEES

“Publication is the first hurdle of a writer who wants the public to read his or her work. Publication is the first level of...

The Heart Wants What It Wants

Such a slim volume but how sharply it connects, the Reader muses, feeling as though a door were creaking open as Annie Ernaux’s “Simple...

STUDENT’S CORNER

When the Philippines Graphic Reader started in February 2022, it became the first and only nationally-circulated, monthly, literary magazine in the country devoted to...

ISSA, ONE AND ONLY

I am Issa—the one and only. My parents named me Juan, which in English sounds like “one.” In Tagalog, “one” is isa, just like...

Arranging Furniture at Midnight

I move chairs at midnight, Adjusting my wife’s preference Which one is facing which. The cats are doing football Banging on tables and walls. All six of them, Siamese versus...

The Times, They Are A-Changing

Saturday. The afternoon’s stifling heat is rising in waves. Rogie crosses the road and pushes the gate of the compound of Dr Rieu’s residence....

Patterns

The chisel as creator Lends shape to wood, to stone. Shape being the truth of character, Reality of body and bone, Sculpted fact of form, The confidence of matter. The...