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Nick Carbo Poems
The Filipino Politician
When he finds his wife in bed with another man-- The conservative politician feels an ache in his stomach, remembers the longanisa and the tapa he had for breakfast.
Little Brown Brother
I've always wanted to play the part of that puckish pubescent Filipino boy in those John Wayne Pacific-War movies.
“I like dappled hats,” she said as she lit the incendiary device. He enjoyed her wet diphthongs
In the slums of Tondo, people dwell in shacks of cardboard, bits of bamboo, corrugated metal, and a few cement blocks.
The angle of delight is best achieved while rubbing the pluperfect button
Typhoon Signal No. 1
This is where the typhoon starts— inside the fourth paragraph, ten city blocks away,
Ang Tunay Na Lalaki Meets Barbie At The ...
on Mulberry and Spring on a rainy night. Her head sticks out of some woman’s tote bag placed on top of the bar, she winks at Ang Tunay na Lalaki. He looks at his gin and tonic,
Ang Tunay Na Lalaki (The Real Man) Is Ba...
He finds on cheap match covers. PLEASE MAKE ME TASTE LIKE A MAN is the first one he reads after lighting up
How do you enter that Manila frame of mind, that woven mat of noodle house restaurants,
Ang tunay na lalaki (The Real Man) Stalk...
Looking to harvest what makes him happy. The AA meetings have thrown him into iconoclastic jousts with Titans and Gorgons with glowing snake eyes
Ay, Que Dolo!
Dona Josefina has thrown my goat out onto the calle El Fez-- Ay! The menu of pain is as big as a queen-sized aha umbrella.
If you come to Mojacar and peel open an orange full of worms, count how many there are because those are the days it will take for your body
When The Grain Is Golden and The Wind Is...
Leron-leron sinta, umakyat sa papaya Dala-dala’y buslo’, sisidlan ng bunga In a dusty village in Cagayan Valley, Ramon and his father were planting rice when soldiers
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The Filipino Politician
When he finds his wife in bed with another man--
The conservative politician feels an ache in his stomach,
remembers the longanisa and the tapa he had for breakfast.
He doesn't know whether to get the doctor or Cardinal Sin
on the phone. He calls one of his bodyguards, tells him
to shoot the man and then, his wife. He takes his .38 magnum
from his brief case, shoots his bodyguard in the back.
The liberal politician pours himself a glass of Courvoisier,
remembers a passage from an Anais Nin story.
He is suddenly the one they call the ...