This flash fiction by Cristina Querrer was originally published in The Milo Review. ******************
Mount Pinatubo jutted its colossal body above the jungle,
vacantly looking down and snorting at the mortals in hedonistic Angeles City,
Philippines. Passengers in a jeepney witnessed a bar girl running topless down
the street, chasing after some overweight foreigner. “Hoy, pogi, halika dito!” she shouted. The Australian looked back at her smiling as he trotted
along flattered by her pursuit. Still, even in the ‘80s, strings of them lined up and down
prostitute alley, these exotic gems of South China Sea, as the men liked to
call them. Some leaned in the door frames of their establishments in their
stacked heels and hot pants, some smoking a cigarette, some not. A Filipina
teenager—a bar girl—sat on a GI‘s lap at a table outside one of the cabarets.
Silhouettes of naked women danced in front of windows; discos’ bright neon
lights flashed above street vendors selling beer and barbecue be…
My chapbook, "The Art of Exporting", published by dancing girl press in 2011 has finally gotten a chance to be beautifully reviewed by Eileen R. Tabios, who curates and edits "The Halo-Halo Review". What I also love is that she mentioned my daughter's photography that is featured on the front cover and inside my poetry collection. Click on the link below:
It's no wonder
I am hollowed out.
clean through its core.
Even seeds' gone,
but they are sprouting
in cavernous abdomens
to fruitless, ulcerous
This is what
the void plants:
the so much need
& yearning for so much
in poor soil.
For something more
majestic than this
I close my eyes
& dream it all
in color, repeating,
All the thankless
routines of praising
has me wishing
That's what it means
to be wise I've been told:
forgive vulgar volcanoes
for acting out
Here is your chance to wear my art! I was approached by Vida's artist representative to feature my art. As you know, my work is not digital art. These are my paintings and drawings. They'll be more to come. Enjoy!
It is available at Amazon UK, too. The Transnational is a bilingual literary magazine which publishes authors from all around the world who offer a new approach to the political and social landscape of the 21st century. Worldwide. In English & German. Texts which are published in the Transnational can dissolve existing boundaries or suggest new ones. They can make us question our beliefs, champion social justice and human rights, war and psychological violence, giving rise to provocative or soothing thoughts. We believe that all great literature is revolutionary and necessary. Great writers are honest. They call upon us as readers to experience the intangible. The T…
Is the wasted time pining over you while you chased Pohnpeian skirts under palm trees Is the Wisconsin & Chicago winter wishing you'd finally bring me warmth Is the Connecticut apartment as I worked that part-time job long enough for you to convalesce from arm surgery Is the Florida sunshine that turned to shouts & screams among your sickening souvenirs from your romps in paradise Is the moment I fled again in disarray & confusion & the many months coming back when you can only half love me Is when you stopped receiving my calls & texts altogether even while you lived only less than a mile from me
Is now you are in my house laying on the same intermittent bed & all I can smell is the smallness of you
I am going to do something a little unusual in this blog post and take a short break from my poetry to focus on a topic that has been on my mind and that is collecting fine art. Why do some of us do it and how does one start off collecting?
Well, collecting anything starts off with a passion whether it is to collect the rarest of finds or of a particular thing. I know I have a penchant for anything dragonflies, owls and now my latest and greatest, elephants! I collect these things with many representations and varieties because it makes me happy.
The same thing can apply to collecting fine art. You have to choose what speaks to you, I suppose, and depends at what level you want to take this passion to.
One of Pablo Picasso's famous quote goes "The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls." So, let that marinate in your mind for a little bit and see where does that concept fit in your life? Can you see yourself investing on some "daily life …