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Jouissance / Libog

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JOUISSANCE / LIBOG /

METAMORPOSIS AT TRANSPORMASYON NG PROLETARYONG EROS



Wala, walang iba pang kailangan Pagkatao ng hayup Nulla Desideratum
Ako’t ikaw tayo’y isang diwa kambal na budhing biniyak at inihiwalay

Walang anino o katawan Hermaproditikong kaisahan Monolitikong identidad
Bago pa humarap sa salamin Bago pa mag-huramentado ang Oedipus sa kamalayan

Sa lilim ng biyayang ibinuga ng buwang salamangkero’t salawahan
Anong timyas anong tuwa anong sarap ang pag-ibig na walang kaakuhan

Sa makinang gumagaralgal sa pagliko sumisikad sa matris ng babaeng pintakasi
Nasa pusod nasa vulvang busog pumuputok ang TNT at lahar ng ligaya

Anong sukdulang tamis ang dahas ng nakabalat-kayong berdugo ng babaylan
Hubad sa gayuma ng ginto’t pilak--tamod dura’t droga ng konkistador

Tayo’y sinakop nilinlang Paraiso’y nilaslas sa lalamunan ng panaginip
Ibinartolina tayo sa barbarikong lohika ng salapi at kamandag ng kapital

Ngunit kahit ipinaghiwalay ng nagbalahibong libog metalikong…

ALWAYS MOVING TOWARD JUSTICE: A Review by John Streamas

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ALWAYS MOVING TOWARD JUSTICE

A review of Balikbayang Mahal: Passages from Exile, by E. San Juan, Jr. Morrisville, NC: Lulu.com, 2007. 155 pages.

by John Streamas


Fairly commonly these days, poets end their volumes with a short prose section, usually footnotes or glosses on the poems. Likewise, except for a short epilogue-poem at the very end, the closing section of the new book Balikbayang Mahal: Passages from Exile, by E. San Juan, Jr., is a work of prose. But it is not brief, nor is it made of footnotes or clarifications of the poems. It is a 31-page essay, part scholarly, part autobiographical, and all enjoining, on the state of exile. And what it urges us to do, by way of analyzing the history of the colonizing of the Philippines, is work for the revolution that alone can save the world’s targeted and vulnerable peoples from occupation or exile. “Revolution,” writes San Juan, “is the way out through the stagnant repetition of suffering and deprivation.” At stake is of course…

MAGRITTE'S WAR ON TERROR: A Video Poem by E. San Juan, Jr.

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A SUBALTERN SPEAKS, ADDRESSING EUROPEAN PHILOSOPHERS

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MAGRITTE'S WAR ON TERROR by E. San Juan, Jr.

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MAGRITTE’S WAR ON TERROR

WHEN MAGRITTE’S LUNAR MIGRAINE
DRIFTS INTO THE BLUE DRAGON’S LAIR --“What time is it?”--
MIRED AMONG MERMAIDS, LOST IN THE KARMA OF FALLEN SPARROWS

WHAT TENTACLED MACHINE BEHIND THE IVORY HORNS
UNLEASHES SUCH FURY OF DISCRIMINATIONS?
SUSSURUS OF MOURNING ECLIPSES ARTEMIS’ BLUES
RENDING THE VEIL OF APPEARANCES--
“Is it time now?”
WHO WILL RISK MURDERING THE MURMURING OF IMMEMORIAL BEES?
WHO WILL RISK RECRUITING ISIS AND ISHTAR FOR THE APOLLO MISSION?

BORDER-PATROLS OF IMPERIAL TERROR, THEY FLOAT
SEDUCING LI PO, UNMOORED MARINER, WHO DROWNED
UNMINDFUL OF THE AZURE UNDERTOW

MAGRITTE’S MIGRAINE AT LONG LAST MIGRATES--“What time….?”

WHO WILL MAP THE PRESENCE OF THE FALLEN SPARROWS?
WHAT GHOSTLY MARAUDER DRIFTS WITH WHITE PARASOL, DEMARCATING
UNDER CORAL BOUGHS
DIVIDING THE CONTINUUM OF TRANSMIGRATIONS,
UNLEASHING WHAT TIGER DESIRE
LEAPING ACROSS MERMAIDS LOST AMONG BEEHIVES
AND STRIPED STARS, WHERE THE SOLAR CYBORG’S WILL-POWER
SPREADS OUT…

PUNTA SPARTIVENTO-Video Performance

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KALATAS NG ANGHEL NG ANUNSIYASYON-VIDEO AGITPROP ni E. San Juan, Jr.

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BALIKBAYANG SINTA by Sonny San Juan, recited by Khvan de la Cruz

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BALIKABAYANG MAHAL, now available

BALIKBAYANG MAHAL: Transcripts from Exile by E. SAN JUAN, Jr.

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A MULTI-LINGUAL SELECTION OF WRITINGS FROM EXILE

Preface to FILIPINA INSURGENCY by E. SAN JUAN, Jr.

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Foreword to
FILIPINA INSURGENCY (Quezon City: Giraffe Books, 1999)




No uprising fails. Each one is a step in the right direction.
--Salud Algabre



Faithful to the injunction “Always historicize!” I would like to situate the individual essays collected here in the conjunctural “thickness” of their origins.

Sometime in the mid-seventies, I edited Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win, the monthly newsletter of the Philippines Research Center (an affiliate of the anti-martial law groups in the United States), which featured in one issue the vicissitudes of the women's liberation movement in the Philippines. One reader asked why I wasted one issue on such a partial and minor trend; my somewhat protracted response took the form of an essay on socialist feminism, its background and prospect. This later evolved into chapter 8 of my book Crisis in the Philippines (South Hadley, Mass: Bergin & Garvey, 1986), included here as chapter 5.

As the historical record shows, the women's mo…

PAHIWATIG

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PAHIWATIG



Bumungad ka
umigting
panginoon ko Oo nais ko
gusto ko Inay ko!
gigil sumisidhi nilalanghap
sinisipsip sa kirot sa hapdi


Gayumang walang ligtas
Gayumang walang patawad
kahit na mapariwara
kahit na magkasira-sira
Oo unti-unti mong kitilin ang buhay ko
Oo nais ko gusto ko







higpitan higpitan pa kahit anong hapdi
rumaragasang hininga nagpupumiglas
nais ibulalas
sumasagitsit
Ay, naku! lumalagos walang awa

---- bumugso bumigay—

…. nakagulapay walang lingon walang sisi
ibulong mo sa akin sa umaga

totoong walang ligtas pinagtalik tiyak na walang patawad

biyaya mong inialay
tadhana’t kapalaran
O mahal
langit sa lupa Ikaw ang tanging kaluwalhatian

PURO SALITA, KULANG SA GAWA?

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PURO SALITA, KULANG SA GAWA? Isang Pagsubok sa Diyalektika ng Kritika ng Sandata at Sandata ng Kritika, ayon kay Karl Marx




[In Memoriam Cherith Dayrit-Garcia] Para kay CPA


Pambihira ka
Matatag matingkad mabagsik ang luntiang apoy sa iyong mga mata
Habang dumadampi ang hamog ng umaga
Sa iyong pisnging hinog sa pangarap ng dinukot at ibinilanggong kinabukasan—
Nagliliyab ang iyong tapang, nakapapaso ang dingas ng iyong determinasyon—

Nabighani sa alindog ng iyong dangal habang lugmok sa panaginip
Nangahas ang kaluluwang lumantad madarang, nahimok ng kung anong bagwis
Ng tukso sa bulong ng iyong labi’t galaw, tuloy naligaw sa paglalakbay—

Walang sindak mong binalangkas ang ordeng mapanganib at binungkal ang landas
Namumukod sa madla, buntalang motor/dinamo ng bukang-liwayway--

Kahit sumabog ang pulbura sa mundong binagtas ng iyong budhi, wala kang takot
Hawak ang sulo ng katarungan, sumusugod ka—

Siklab ng huling paghuhukom, O armadong anghel—
bumabangon sa iyong bisig at kamao ang mga biktima ng…

JAMBY MADRIGAL ATTACKS ARROYO STATE TERRORISM AND U.S. IMPERIALISM

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SENATOR JAMBY MADRIGAL BLASTS MACAPAGAL-ARROYO STATE TERRORISM AND U.S. DOMINATION OF THE PHILIPPINES


“Huwag po nating payagan na bumalik tayo sa kadiliman at takot na dinala ng martial law. Panahon na upang tumindig at lumaban.”

--Senator Jamby Madrigal, “Martial Law in the Guiuse of Anti-Terrorism Bill,” Joint Statement with Senator Aquilino Pimentel Jr., Legend Restaurant, Oct 9, 2006



BY E. SAN JUAN, Jr. (with an interview by Dr. Rainer Werning)


Last June 26, we attended a historic rally-demonstration of over 4,000 people in Washington, DC. called “Day of Action to Restore Law and Justice.” It was the first national mass mobilization of this kind undertaken by the American Civil Liberties Union, a rather staid institution, in cooperation with Amnesty International (USA), Leadership Conference on Civil Rights and the National Religious Campaign Against Torture. It was a coalition representing a fairly broad spectrum of left to right civil-society lobbying groups. A petition bearing tens…

COMBATTING STATE TERRORISM IN THE PHILIPPINES

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NEOCOLONIAL ELECTIONS AND STATE TERRORISM IN THE PHILIPPINES:

An Interview with former president of the University of the Philippines, Emeritus Professor Francisco Nemenzo




by E. SAN JUAN, Jr.



Contrary to Philippine government claims, the mid-term May elections sounded a dirge to the Arroyo regime’s barbaric repression of its citizens and its subservience to U.S. imperial dictates. On the face of State terrorism carried out through military abductions, harassment and extra-judicial killings, millions of Filipinos rejected the bulk of Arroyo’s candidates for the Senate and voted into office a rebel military officer and Arroyo critic, Antonio Trillanes IV. Supported by civil-society groups like Laban ng Masa, BAYAN, and others, Trillanes vowed to investigate the rampant political killings, torture, kidnappings, and warrantless arrests ascribed by KARAPATAN, Asian Human Rights Commission, Amnesty International and United Nations rapporteurs, to the Pentagon-advised Armed Forces of the Phi…

Anne Lacsamana--Review of E. SAN JUAN'S New Book

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INTRODUCING E. SAN JUAN’s On the Presence of Filipinos in the United States
Anne E. Lacsamana


Professor of Women’s Studies, Hamilton College, New York

The 2006 Centennial marking the arrival of Filipinos to the United States as laborers on Hawaiian sugar plantations serves as the backdrop for a series of four essays by E. San Juan Jr. investigating both the past and present of Filipino migration to the metropolis. Constituting the largest group within the “Asian American” category, with roughly three million Filipinos living in the United States today, they still remain a marginalized, underpaid, and exploited population when compared to other ethnic communities.

With his usual insightful analyses, San Juan’s On the Presence of Filipinos in the United States reminds readers that the contemporary situation afflicting Filipinos in the United States and throughout the diaspora is directly related to the brutal “pacification” campaign waged by the United States in the Filipino-American …