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[Poetry Friday] Movement by Nerisa Guevara

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Myra here.

It is Friday once again, the day we give tribute to moving verse, vivid imagery, and the beauty of words in poetry. Our host this week is the indefatigable Mary Lee from A Year of Reading.



I read this poem by Nerisa and I closed my eyes in rapture. Reread the poem once again and allowed it to fill my hungry soul. There is stillness, love, and the immensity of the divine that you allow inside you. Womanity.

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If you wish to know more about Nerisa, click here to be taken to her blog.

About the Poet: Nerisa del Carmen Guevara finished her M.A. in English Studies Creative Writing at University of the Philippines (U.P.), Diliman. She has attended the Dumaguete, Iligan, U.P. Writing Workshops and has been a panelist for UST CCWS and UST CCWLS Creative Writing Workshops in her capacity as Junior Associate (UST CCWS 2003-2006) and Resident Fellow for Poetry (UST CCWLS 2010-2013). She has received A Palanca Award for Poetry in 1999 and a Silver Cup Award for Dance Solo in the 2004 April Spring Festival in Pyongyang, North Korea. She teaches Literature and Creative Writing in the UST Faculty of Arts and Letters where she has been running the Poetry Workshop called The Baguio Soul Project: Journey into the Self Through Words these past eleven years.

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Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

6 comments on “[Poetry Friday] Movement by Nerisa Guevara

  1. maryleehahn

    Oh, my! That’s amazing! That last stanza is breath-taking!!


  2. I love the center stanzas. To me they evoke the feelings that surround a heart-stopping event which changes one’s life forever: “When the world stops only where you stand…”.


  3. This line’s rich imagery stopped me, made me think:
    “the eyes always
    and no friendly fish.”

    Sending you a New Year’s hug, Myra!


  4. Yes, this is most definitely one to be savored– it, too, “holds an ocean.”


  5. Oh my, must reread. This is worth savoring and having the words linger in my mind.


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