‘They say, when you go out into the world alone, you lose a little bit of yourself. But when I go out into the wild world alone, I gain a little bit of everyone else. They fill in the missing parts.’
the short life series
(words and images © 2018 Ramon Loyola)
Thrilled to be the featured poet in Blank Rune Press‘ new mag, Husk#2! I’ve never been featured like this before, so am stoked.
(Photo courtesy of Valli Poole, poet/editor/publisher at Blank Rune Press.)
“In an imperfect world, love is the only real thing.”
the short life series (words and images © 2018 Ramon Loyola)
The Vagabond Press dB3 series is coming in March 2018! Superbly curated and edited by Michelle Cahill and Dimitra Harvey. I’m so stoked to be part of it (with my title, The Measure of Skin) that I created this colourful poster for it. Pre-order your copies now (books will be shipped around the end of March) here:
Really happy that my poems, ‘Lavender’ and ‘Gestures’, have just been published in the brand new, Husk, from Blank Rune Press.
‘full house’ is one of my favourite pieces in my first-ever poetry collection, not poems, just words. it’s filled with truths and the tentative presence of memory.
My new chapbook, The Measure of Skin, is now available for pre-order from Vagabond Press. I’m thrilled to be part of this series in esteemed company. Check it out and place your pre-order (to arrive by the end of March 2018).
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.
Ramon Loyola, The Measure of Skin (db3)
Thirteen ways to (not) be (not) lonely. A bit juvenile and corny. Another rejected piece (a remnant of this damned writer’s life). But because it’s important to (not) be (not) lonely — read it as you please — I’ve put it up. I keep it in my pocket. Just ‘coz.
‘No matter what happens to the world, to you, always know the joy of loving, of love.’
The Short Life series, words and images © 2018 Ramon Loyola
Cordite Poetry Review 84: SUBURBIA is one jam-packed issue. I’m thrilled to be part of this wonderful offering and honoured to be in such esteemed company!