Catching up

2016 is shaping up to be one heck of a year. And I can’t get enough of it.

Been learning how to really work my butt off and even though the excess result is a lack of sleep, Sims 2 playtime, sometimes prolonged confusion or lutang (sorry Facebook group chat members) and a general absence from my blog, rest assured all is well and will be better than before.

In midst of bagging groceries, wandering around London Zoo and interning for Start Your Business, here’s a recap of some of the new poems that have been published and have found their new homes in different sites and journals since January!

WISH“Some are more equal than others”

Thank you to Jeremiah Walton, Scott Thomas Outlar and the whole team behind Walking Is Still Honest! Glad to have this Bamboo-esque poem out. And what a journal to have it featured on, too! Check out the interview I did with them too here. This goes out for those working hard; keep at it and ignore the stupidity, guys.

The Poet Community“Road Trip”, “Falling Leaves”

Shout outs to Guy Farmer for publishing these poems! “Road Trip” was loosely inspired by my Isle of Wight road trip last year and the Karylle song, of course, whilst “Falling Leaves” is a very special poem of mine because it’s a #TBT to sixth form and going the long way home just because. I’m still grinning and grateful to finally have my now three-year old poem out! Felt like my child graduated from university!

Eastlit (March 2016)“Sunday Mass & Other Poems”

Ever since I got featured on Our Own Voice it’s been my personal mission to be featured in more Asian-themed journals. The literature I read from these journals are always so compelling and inspiring.

“Posh” deals with the first time I returned to the Philippines and got some interesting comments. “Selenite” is a love letter to my sister in Heaven and “Who We’re Writing For” is actually republished, first appearing on Parallel Ink’s second issue on Issuu. “Sunday Mass” depicts a true story of one morning mass in London, a day when Typhoon Yolanda was still fresh in every Filipino’s heart.

Thank you to Graham Lawrence for accepting my poetry and to all of those who praised my work! I send to you my gratitude. I also got news lately that the issue got the highest amount of views and traction from readers ever!

Anomaly Lit“Cover Down/Strip Up”

One of my older, darker pieces gets the Anomaly treatment in their second issue. It was interesting looking back on the roots of that poem and then having to fast forward to the present and just seeing the difference from yesterday to today. Thank you to entire team behind Anomaly and to my friend Lorcán Black who was so cool and awesome towards my work. I can’t wait for the next issue! Watch out for their third issue coming very, very soon.

I was also a part of their podcast that goes with every issue; if you want to hear my voice talking about my work and why I do why I do, hit this link. Happy reading and listening!

Ink, Sweat & Tears“Anvil”

“Anvil” is one of my newer poems and I was lucky enough to have had it published quicker than I thought. This one’s pretty special too because the poem wouldn’t work without mentioning Filipino band Yolanda Moon, whose music inspired me to write the poem. Luckily I got their permission to keep the poem that way it is. Thank you to Helen Ivory and Yolanda Moon!

Check out their debut album Light of Day on Spotify! They’re pretty cool.

Infinity House 2016

I’ve also got a new writing gig! This time it’s over at Infinity House Magazine, where I write primarily about healing, crystal work, nerdiness and all that interesting concept of human relationships. Head on the link on the previous sentence or check out each article I’ve written so far on the link below:

Shout outs to Ford!

– Troy

Published by troycabida

Troy Cabida (he/him) is a Filipino poet and producer based in south west London. His recent poems have appeared in TAYO Literary Magazine, harana poetry, MacMillan and bath magg. He is a producer for London open mic night Poetry and Shaah and co-founder of Liwayway Kolektibo, an arts and culture network providing space for UK-based Filipino/a/x creatives. His debut pamphlet, War Dove, was published by Bad Betty Press in 2020. Photo taken by Ray Roberts.

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