About the book:
Language makes real, but what is most imagined, the words and words, is what is most real. The poem’s inmost seal is the poet’s country. For one’s country is what one’s imagination owes its allegiance to. – Gemino Abad.
The book is divided into three parts: The Short of It, comprises five short pieces that altogether compose a synopsis of the second part, And the Long, where the principal motifs– our people’s story, the work of imagination, and the poem’s making– interweave among the five critical essays. The final part, And Mostly Personal, consists of five informal essays on the author’s life and works. The author believes that this book is a summation of his poetics so far from his own practice as a poet, fictionist, critic, literary historian and anthologist.
Publisher: University of Santo Tomas Publishing
Publication Date: 2010
Size: 230 x 153mm
About the author:
Gemino Abad, University Professor Emeritus of literature and creative writing at the University of the Philippines, is a poet, fictionist, literary critic and historian with various honors and awards, notably the Premio Feronia of Italy(2009) for selected poems from his In Ordinary time: Poems, Parables, Poetics which were translated into Italian. He has more than thirty books to his name : collections of poetry, critical essays, short stories and a three-volume anthology of Filipino poetry in English and a six volume historical anthology of Filipino short fiction. He served as Secretary of the University, Vice President for Academic Affairs for the University of the Philippines and Director of the UP Creative Writing Center.