Wings of Smoke by Jim Pascual Agustin
21 Feb 2017
Wings of Smoke is the stunning work of a poet who asks the sorts of questions only poets ask, softly prodding us towards awareness, surprising us with gentleness and quiet humour, weaving wonderful things into his carefully stitched fabric of verse. It is a beautifully crafted collection of accessible poems in a mix of styles, all striking in the poet’s intimacy with his subjects. There is a depth of incisive thought, observation of nature, human movement that feels unforced. He expresses a concern for the fragility of our social order; a concern for violations of human dignity brought about by violent conflict.