Criticism in English

Reintroducing Balagtas and His Work: Balagtas must be replucked from the thick abtruseness of prevailing scholarship and hortatory ritualism

Reintroducing Balagtas and His Work: Balagtas must be replucked from the thick abtruseness of prevailing scholarship and hortatory ritualism
by Romeo G. Dizon

AN ATTEMPT TO SITUATE BALAGTAS IN THE proper historical perspective and to determine his rightful place in the era beyond his own is indeed an enormous task.  But this is precisely what the present book tries to accomplish.

Through a Glass, Darkly, 1949

Through a Glass, Darkly, 1949
by Francisco Arcellana

ALEJANDRO G. ABADILLA is a poet-critic in Tagalog who is unique in that he is perhaps one of the few vernacular writers who is at all in touch with writing in English, local and overseas. This position gives him an enviable distinction: he is able to, by virtue of it, suggest leads and direction to emacular writers.

The Ghost Manifests Or Safeguard and Foucault’s Social Subconscious

The Ghost Manifests 
Or Safeguard and Foucault’s Social Subconscious
by Carl Javier

The ghost, it manifests! On the four-cornered tube! The glass teat! The idiot box! TV!

What ghost? Some old notion that the TV is filled with ghosts in the way that a camera takes your soul?

No. Not really, but something like that. Just keep in mind, we create our own ghosts.

It’s really about the last Safeguard soap commercial I saw lately. I may not be a big fan of Pinoy TV shows, but I enjoy checking out commercials. And it was this commercial that struck me.

THE POEM IS THE REAL: A POETICS*

THE POEM IS THE REAL: A POETICS*
Gémino H. Abad

The real is the poem. To write the poem is to get real.

The real is what we call “our world.” But our world is only our experience of it. If so, the world is only, for each one, that little time-space where we “ex-ist” or stand out as conscious beings; the world is only our consciousness of it in our experience of it. It is our only world; we have no other. A cat's world is its own; we have no access to it: the living of it.

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