NEW YORK'S KAYUMANGGI POETS
During some e-house cleaning, stumbled across some old photos of my New York Pinoy Poet barkada, as with the following during the book launch of Luis Cabalquinto's Bridgeable Shores (standing, left to right: Luis Cabalquinto, Nick Carbo, Luis Francia, Bino A. Realuyo; seated, left to right: Eric Gamalinda, Moi, Paolo Javier, Merlinda Bobis):
Another version with noted playwright/publisher Bert Florentino joining the table (seated lower left) as we try to comport (hah!) ourselves:
Don Luis C. laid out a great table that night (an all-Toi-can-eat buffet at Manila Garden restaurant) -- you don't really get the flavor of a Filipino poet (& mayhap many other poets) unless you've eaten together. From that one root, can spring much poetics...