IN THIS age of fake news, lies from the bully pulpit, and the flouting of rights in the name of 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 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 the cavalier disregard of 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 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 .S.), and Merlinda Bobis (); and PH- writers such as Joel Pablo Salud, Alma Anonas-Carpio, Marne Kilates, and Lourd de Veyra. Sixty- poets contributed 133 poems. “Here…in “Bloodlust,” says Abad, […]

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