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Nick Carbo Poems
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
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.
The angle of delight is best achieved while rubbing the pluperfect button
How do you enter that Manila frame of mind, that woven mat of noodle house restaurants,
In the slums of Tondo, people dwell in shacks of cardboard, bits of bamboo, corrugated metal, and a few cement blocks.
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,
Typhoon Signal No. 1
This is where the typhoon starts— inside the fourth paragraph, ten city blocks away,
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
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.
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
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
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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Little Brown Brother
I've always wanted to play the part
of that puckish pubescent Filipino boy
in those John Wayne Pacific-War movies.
Pepe, Jose, or Juanito would be smiling,
bare-chested and eager to please
for most of the steamy jungle scenes.
I'd be the one who would cross
the Japanese lines and ask for tanks,
air support, or more men. I'd miraculously
make it back to the town where John Wayne
is holding his position against the enemy
with his Thompson machine-gun. As a reward,
he'd rub that big white hand on my head
and he'd promise to let me ...