What a whirlwind first quarter 2018! ‘The Measure of Skin‘ is also out from Vagabond Press deciBels 3 series. Thanks to Michelle Cahill and Dimitra Harvey, and to publisher Vagabond Press’ Michael Brennan! Thanks, all, for your support!
‘The Measure of skin navigates the surging waves of anti-identity sweeping the world today, where one’s propensity to stand out in the crowd — because of skin colour and gender persuasion — becomes a howl for acceptance and recognition in the streets where humanity thrives, in the walls where hope breathes, in another’s touch where love resides. They are poems that are not just about love, but of how love and faith in one’s identity transcend the ideals of a normative reality.’
AVAILABLE ON VAGABOND PRESS
Ramon Loyola, The Measure of Skin (db3)
Husk#3 (Spring 2018) is now out from Valli Poole’s Blank Rune Press, with a few of my poems, ‘Kidding‘, ‘Not forever (And then it ends I)’, ‘Sampling (And then it ends II)’ and ‘Fallen (And then it ends III)’. Featured artist is Annemarie Szeleczky, with art and words by Annamarie, Leanne Neill, Jan Dean, Jannette Dadd, valli poole, Bee Jay, and the sublime Anne Walsh.
“If there is an aim of the press it is that it features artists/poets/photographers from all walks of life — people who have an ongoing commitment and passion for creativity. In the subjective world of art, this magazine has chosen to present an eclectic mix of art and writing from Australia and overseas.”
Husk magazine is on fire! Thrilled to have a few poems appearing in Husk#3! Thanks to Valli Poole’s Blank Rune Press!
(photo courtesy of valli poole)
My new poetry collection, The Measure of Skin, has arrived from Vagabond Press, as part of the prestigious deciBels series 3. Stoked and thrilled for this!
the deciBels series 3
‘keepsake’ from not poems, just words is my existential pang of the day. will you remember me at all?
“In contemporary Australian poetry we rarely encounter a poetics that attends to homoerotic subjectivity from the uncomfortable position of shared erasure and material suffering. Ramon Loyola’s The Measure of Skin nurtures the elemental strangeness of the other.”
~ Michelle Cahill, editor/author, introducing The Measure of Skin and the other brilliant titles in Vagabond Press‘ new deciBels series. https://vagabondpress.net/blogs/news/db3intro. Now available for order!
“Contemporary poetics in the Philippines now seem steeped in phenomenology, in narratives about personal struggles with and the experience of diaspora, identity, climate change, poverty, discrimination, feminism and women’s rights, colonial mentality, natural catastrophe, social malnutrition and the lack of diversity and equality.”
You can read my full essay in Cordite 85: The Philippines here:
‘I’m a quiet person. But if you love me loud enough, I’d scream out love like the loudest sound.’
the short life series
(words and images © 2018 Ramon Loyola)
From my featured interview with valli poole in Husk #2 (Blank Rune Press). It is a fair query, not a statement (so please no trolls, haha).
Valli Poole (writer/author/poet/editor/publisher) of Blank Rune Press has interviewed me as a Featured Poet in new Australian magazine, Husk Issue 2! I’m thrilled to finally have it in my hands. Thanks, Valli and Blank Rune Press!