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Drift : Poems
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- Joel H. Vega
- Philippines
- University of Santo Tomas Publishing House (UST Publishing House), Manila
- 9789715068338
- 2018
- xii, 88p.
- 150 gms.
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1. Philippine poetry (English) 2. Philippine poetry (English) - Collections Here is a poetic voice that is undeniably mature, characterized by sophisticated articulation on a variety of thematic motifs—from architecture to anatomy and various other aspects of science—but also beholden to a deep humanist view of contemporary concerns. Excellence of utterance leads to subtle gradations of discovery in these meditations.
–Alfred A. Yuson Joel Vega’s collection of poems is notable for several reasons. One is the architectonic balance of the collection, the words planed and the lines filled with such tensile grace. Another is the use of science—that coldest and most logical of fields—to enquire into the intimacy of selves ‘like two deep valleys bearing the bright peaks of slow-moving continents.’ The third quality is the elegant diction and the pitch-perfect tone, found in poems where the human anatomy is seen as through an X-ray of words. This is a fascinating collection of poems.
–Danton Remoto "Drift" immediately resonates for the collection’s willingness to transcend (or at least bring into new light) everyday things and explore oft-untenured buildings and uncharted terrains. Here are poems that are not afraid to take risks, at least subject-wise. We are allowed to walk into ruins left behind by Dante and peel off the paint from various artwork while navigating the streets of old Manila. There’s deep care here given to preservation: “the heart taking what it can,” the poet says. Odes and dirges coalesce to convince the reader that the good poem teeters on sound and sentiment, but always manages to gain balance and find its way across. Joel Vega’s debut poetry collection is one that takes us on both a literal and figurative voyage. Make no mistake: these poems are honed by the poet’s displacement, derailment, and many stopovers abroad. But while "Drift" patiently examines each body it finds along the way, it is ultimately an unflinching scrutiny of memory.
–Joel M. Toledo

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