The Voices of Tyrants and Heroes – Jim Pascual Agustin
Tyrants & Heroes: readings from How to Make a Salagubang Helicopter & other poems. The poet presents work from his latest collection, focusing on the ever-growing murders and attacks on dissenting voices since Rodrigo Duterte took the reins of power in the Philippines in 2016.
Jim Pascual Agustin was born in Manila in the Philippines. He writes and translates in Filipino and English. He came to Cape Town in 1994 to visit the Canadian-born South African girl he had met the previous year while on holiday in the Mountain Province in northern Philippines. He ended up staying in South Africa.
His poetry has been recognised at the DALRO Awards and multiple times at the Sol Plaatje EU Poetry Awards. He has also won The Gabo Prize for Literature in Translation and Multi-Lingual Texts from Antioch University.
His work has appeared in Rhino, World Literature Today and New Coin, among others. Since 1992 he has published poetry collections in Filipino and English, and a short story collection in Filipino. In 2017, Oxford-based The Onslaught Press released his eighth book of poetry, Wings of Smoke. In 2019, San Anselmo Publications in Manila published his latest poetry collection, How to Make a Salagubang Helicopter & other poems. San Anselmo Press website: https://sananselmopress.net/
San Anselmo Press on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sananselmopress/
Antioch University / Lunch Ticket: https://lunchticket.org/danica-mae/
Graphic Magazine review: https://philippinesgraphic.net/south-africa-must-be-good-for-the-soul/
Philippine Star review: https://www.philstar.com/lifestyle/business-life/2019/03/11/1900287/poetry-glides-through-specifics
The FilAm review: https://thefilam.net/archives/23295
Matangmanok blog: www.matangmanok.wordpress.com
Author page on Goodreads.com: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/845630.Jim_Pascual_Agustin
Venue: McGregor Backpackers