Life Today, Manila, 1990

written by Merlinda Carullo Bobis

Life Today, Manila, 1990

— Merlinda Carullo Bobis

i love too beautifully today,
as if tomorrow I will die.

i even tie my hair from cliff to cliff
and invite tightrope dancers.

In her first poetry collection with line drawings, Merlinda Bobis invites all to rituals of being, breaking and being again — each instance is embodied, indelible:

it cannot let go;
just read my back.

i know — this skin,
this memory of turtles.

About the poet


Merlinda Carullo Bobis

Merlinda Carullo Bobis is a contemporary Philippine-Australian writer and academic. Born in Legaspi City, in the Philippines province of Albay, Merlinda Bobis attended Bicol University High School then completed her B.A. at Aquinas University in Legaspi City. She holds post-graduate degrees from the University of Santo Tomas and University of Wollongong, and now lives in Australia. Written in various genres in both Filipino and English, her work integrates elements of the traditional culture of the Philippines with modern immigrant experience. Also a dancer and visual artist, Bobis currently teaches at Wollongong University. Her play Rita's Lullaby was the winner of the 1998 Awgie for Best Radio Play and the international Prix Italia of the same year; in 2000 White Turtle won...

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