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Carlomar Arcangel Daoana

After putting on hold publishing poetry for almost two years, Carlomar Arcangel Daoana is back, armed with a manuscript of new, mostly unpublished poems. Tentatively titled, Slow Dancing in the Kitchen, the collection spans three years of creativity, taking off from where his first collection of poems Marginal Bliss, published by the UP Press in 2002, left behind.

If not involved with the creative act, Carlomar churns out articles on fashion, arts and culture, travel, leisure, entertainment, celebrity—in short, lifestyle pieces— for the Daily Tribune where he is a staff writer. He has also been contributing regularly for other various publications such as Metro, Metro Him, Experience Philippines, L Magazine and Celebrity Connect. Before this, however, he was writing for an obscure travel magazine and almost taught English to a bunch of engineers who don't know the difference between it's and its.

Adding a streak of color to his otherwise mundane journalistic life is his work for the Avellana Art Gallery and the Finale Art Gallery where he serves as in-house writer. In line with this, he is planning to take up MA in Art Studies at UP Diliman this coming school year.

Although he is aware, and painfully so, that poetry can't bring about world peace, Carlomar says that he will continue to write it for the reason that poetry focuses the self in that extreme moment of attention where the words collide not merely with the worlds they represent but with that dark, onerous place of meaning. It is our direct address to the void. He adds that, It also gives me the perfect excuse not to wash the dishes.

He is intending to write a "tell-all" book about the literary community peopled by weirdos, phonies, nymphos, the pathologically insecure, the talentless, professional literary climbers, ala Kitty Go's When Chic Hits the Fan. But knowing his propensity for slacking and procrastinating, it will take him about 37 years to accomplish it.

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