IN THIS age of fake news, lies from the bully pulpit, and the flouting of human rights in the name of an unjust and inhumane anti-poor war, some writers are joining the anti-tyrannos struggle through their art. Enter stage left, a book of protest poetry that is “a response to what is happening in our country, from the subtle to outraged, in four languages,” says writer Alfred ‘Krip’ Yuson, in his introduction to “Bloodlust: Philippine Poetry from Marcos to Duterte.” It is, he says, “our protest against the cavalier disregard of human rights and lives…from the long period of Ferdinand E. Marcos’ rule to what we hope to be a brief tokhang tenure by Rodrigo Roa Duterte.” A collection Yuson co-edited with poet Gemino H. Abad, “Bloodlust” gathers poetry from Filipinos all over the world. In it are works by National Artists for Literature Cirilo F. Bautista and Virgilio S. Almario; writers residing abroad, including Joel Vega (the Netherlands), Eric Gamalinda, Luis H. Francia, and Luisa A. Igloria (the U.S.), and Merlinda Bobis (Australia); and PH-based writers such as Joel Pablo Salud, Alma Anonas-Carpio, Marne Kilates, and Lourd de Veyra. Sixty-five poets contributed 133 poems. “Here…in “Bloodlust,” says Abad, […]

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