Jim Pascual Agustin’s “To be an Orc” Named NoiseMedium’s Grand Prize Winner
04 Aug 2016
Congratulations to PEN SA member Jim Pascual Agustin, whose poem “To be an Orc” was chosen by literary website NoiseMedium as its Grand Prize Winner.
Read “To be an Orc” on NoiseMedium:
To be an Orc
By Jim Pascual Agustin
Sit patiently on a chair like the others.
Whatever skin you show
must be made to look
like old leather dredged
Read Agustin’s reflections on the poem:
This isn’t a sob story. I hate those. This is just a statement of facts. Almost.
No one ever read to me as a kid. The image of a child being tucked in bed with a night lamp close by and his/her parent(s) reading while the child looks up in enchantment was entirely foreign. My overworked parents were government employees – my mother was a teacher who was given too many students and after-school tasks to handle (including possibly risking her life during turbulent elections as part of the underpaid voting staff), and my father was a soldier who got called and posted somewhere during the years of Martial Law. My grandmother spoke a local dialect I didn’t know well enough to understand.