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Issue # 5 September 2011
"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Emeniano Acain Somoza, Jr. is a Communications Officer in the Middle East and author of 'A Fistful of Moonbeams', his first poetry chapbook published by Kilmog Press in April 2010. Although foremost a poet, he is also a fictionist, an essayist and a playwright. Somoza hails from Siquijor Island in the Philippines. His writing has been widely published in his home country (Philippines Free Press, Philippine Graphics, Ateneo University Press, Cultural Center of the Philippines, etc.) and internationally (Moria Poetry, Troubador 21, Gloom Cupboard, Haggard & Halloo, Barnwood International, etc.). He received a degree in Bachelor of Mass Communication from the University of the City of Manila and masteral units in Creative Writing from the University of the Philippines-Diliman.

Emeniano Acain Somoza, Jr.

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Looking for an Area Rug In a Smelly Souk in Jeddah

Coffee stains on carpet unsettle me
the way holes in socks, or cracks in mirrors do

If one must be an advocate of the art&science of Art
one must also learn to master the power of concealers
or, wield the magic wand of liquid paper, super glue, or, any old era,ser...

In a recurring Dali dream I swallow galaxies of planets all gray & bland & disproportionate.

Now I am conscious of all these hideous Frankenstein imperfections – burgeoning beer belly, commonplace mind, unpolished poetic grace...

This rug with embroidered texts in Arabic –
Patience is beautiful.