The second set of 10 collections in the deciBels series, guest-edited by Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta and Carlomar Arcangel Daoana.
In this series of deciBels, we highlight the voices of poets from the Philippine archipelago as well as those emerging from the neighboring regions of Malaysia and Macau. The voices, as expected, are wonderfully polyphonic—from tones that capture the rich, formal cadence of rhyme and meter to improvisatory streaks of utterance that push against the limits of white space. Their similarity rests firmly on the lyric enterprise, that is, a belief in a singular voice provoking the page by a self embodied in the colors and textures of the world, as well as the motifs and icons of a culture. It is a voice inflected with wild tender longings: for connection, for clarity, for autonomy, for ambiguity.