Cyn’s Dream

The Fēilbīn was among the 12 Inner Colonies that adopted the Treaty on the Prohibition of Human Transplantation and Reconfiguration, affirming its stand to...

Certainly a train love story

Note from the train operator In a parallel universe, she would have jumped off Charon’s train and spilled her blood on the rail tracks of...

Mathilde’s Absence

She forgot where she’d put that goddamned lipstick. Rummaging through the drawer, cursing at everything, dewdrops of sweat forming on her brow, she was...

Burial in Marawi

Red dimpled flesh where a tooth was pulled, isn’t the pit like a grave-- hollow-- the body fills with itself, sealing the lesion and, along with it, the pain of removal.   But...

Poems by Anne Carly Abad

Womb   I have this monster to thank for letting me gestate it over years of regarding myself in the mirror, alive long before I had my child— claws for eyes to...

Pawikan

Baliw daw ‘yon. Sabi ng aking ama, sabi ng aking ina, sabi ng aking kuya, baliw daw talaga ‘yong mamang ‘yon. Ganoon din ang sabi...

Ang Sabing Ulan

Ni: Karl Isaac Santos Hinipan ng malamig na hangin ang paligid. Kinulabutan ang lawas ng parang. Agad na nangitim ang langit, Nabubulok na marahil ang mundo Kaya nagbakasakali ang...

Paglalako sa Obando

Ni: Karl Isaac Santos Isinasayaw ng ale ang kaniyang mga tindang isda Na parang pista ni Santa Clara. Ang mga tilapya sabanyera, anaki’y mga batang Nagtatampisawsabatissatuktokngbirhengbundok. Hindi niya alintana...

Sa Araw ng Libing

Ni: Karl Isaac Santos Sa araw ng libing ng isang bayani, Nag sabwatan ang paligid at pagkakataon. Buháy ang langit saka bughawan At ang mga ulap ay mga...

Dingding

Ni: Karl Isaac Santos Ang dingding lang ang nakaaawat Kay tatay kung siya ay galít. Madalas na abutan ko siya sa kuwarto, madilim Ang mukha, himas-himas Ang gasgas na kamao....

Cousin Ofelia

1. I sat on a fallen tree at the edge of the village. The hot field stretched before me up to the horizon, and the...

Sons and Fathers

Are you ready for your morning stroll, Mr. T? In a minute, he bristled unable to get his arm into his heavy cardigan. It’s...

Independence Day

William found it a great struggle to put on the necktie, not that he didn’t know how.  He gazed at himself in the polished...

Two Poems by Ralph Semino Galán 

Fairy Tale I encountered her in a pop-up book the first time, once upon a time as child. I read how her widowed father married a vain woman...

A Mythic Negotiation

Jael has to egress through a series of hard right and left turns in putrid and thieving-prone alleys, along several sari-sari stores, then over...

Kristo

By Prospero Pulma Jr. It was rope for Luis and Mike as the two thieves and nails bigger than fingers for Juan.  Juan watched Tomas,...

The Trilogy of a Dead Star

The Birth of a Star, How a Star Became a Black Hole, and The Graveyard of Heroes By Hanna Norimatsu The Birth of a Star Verse:...

Every Disease Is A Story

By Dean Francis Alfar Every disease is a story, every illness has a beginning, middle, and ending.  Sometimes, we are there at the start, when...

The War After

A short story by Eddie Ilarde Sandra Damon a veteran television reporter of an international news network based in New York looks out the window...

Time for Rest

By Kenneth Yu Hi, Edson! Sorry for the late reply. I only just saw your message. I accept your challenge! Your request for a ghost...