After a haiku by Rolando Pangan
(from the collection The Smile on Smokey Mountain, Winner of the Philippine National Book Award for Poetry)
Not having to hear
The guard singing as his keys
Dangle steps away.
Emmanuel Torres was a professor of English at self’s alma mater, the Ateneo de Manila University, and curator of the Ateneo Art Gallery. He received his masters in English from the State University of Iowa and was a member of Paul Engle’s Iowa Writers Workshop from 1955-1957.