Anggo Genorga was born and raised in Manila.
I don’t see much difference between the Philippines and UAE (United Arab Emirates) except you can get down and dirty way easier in Manila. Here in Dubai, a Filipino expat like me should keep my shit together unless I’m ready to face deportation or taste a few lashings. Other than that, it’s cool. Business as usual.
About writing, I was introduced to poetry by mistake – I initially thought song lyrics ( without chords ) in the song book collection of my elder brother as poetry. I gradually found my way to the Beats, Charles Bukowski and Miguel Pinero. Nowadays, I find time to write poetry at work since i can't seem to focus at home.
Some of my poems are featured in Chrysalis Magazine, Empty Mirrors, Mad Swirl, Quirk Magazine and the recently released Bukowski Anthology from Silver Birch Press. I'm currently writing a script on a documentary about the Philippine rap metal scene in the mid 90’s.
You can check my other writings at deviationcummeditation.wordpress.com
from deviation cum meditation
stir - fry blues
cookin' ma brain
on what seems to be
a very promising chemical
only to be eaten by
several hungry ghosts
that lurks in the
back of my head.
speed kills, say it again brother.
speed kills, again.
speed kills, and again.
speed kills, raise your voice so they can also hear you.
speed kills, repeat it like a broken record.
speed kills, now say that in front of a mirror until you believe it.
speed kills, and now say it as if you’re speaking in tongues.
speed kills, say it like some kind of an idiot.
speed kills, now get down on your knees and eat your shit.
Paranoia is a heightened sense of awareness.
- John Lennon
our mainman jose
jumped right out
the window as soon
as he heard the loud
bang on the door.
his kid screaming
his wife hitting
the policeman with a
frying pan on the shoulders.
we were aghast with horror,
stiff, scared shitless.
i was dumb founded and
still have smokes not
inhaled yet that went
circles inside my mouth.
r was violently resisting
arrest and was cursing
while jan was trying to
climb the stairs and flee;
another policeman hit him
on the leg while another
slam the wife down the floor
their kid was on the side crying
papa! mama! papa! mama!
and soon we got our hands up
against the wall and one of us,
i don’t remember who, whispered
that the lord will take care of us now
and we still can’t believe what just
happened and i looked at the door as
jan asked me to take another hit and
long and hard i did, deadening this fucking
scene that was playing nonstop in my head
ever since we arrived in mang jose’s place.
Catfish McDaris & Anggo Genorga
Nevuary (in Tagalog)
Sagad hanggang buto ang kasamaan
Ng Putangina inilagay nya ang sanggol
Sa microwave at pusa sa basurahan
Kung meron mang dapat makapatay,
Yuon ay ang siraulong tarantado na
Si Refugio na kapatid ni Rosalita
Suot ang sombrero ni Santa, inilabas
Ni Refugio ang blow torch na nasa bag
Niya pati na rin ang 357 at martilyo
Kakalabas nya lang sa oblo
Sa isang kulungang di kalayuan
Ayos nman ang bata pagkakita nya
Ang pusa nawalan lang ng buntot
Tatakas sana ang Putangina sa likod
Ng bahay pero nahagip s’ya ng martilyo,
Isinakay ni Refugio sa kotse ang kanyang
Pamangkin, kapatid na babae at pusa
Binalot ng sigaw ang buong kasambahayan
Habang sinusunog ng blow torch ang nag sisiga –
Sigaan at di kalaunan lumabas si Refugio
Si Putangina nakarolyo sa isang carpet
Sinabihan ni Refugio na pahanginan ang bahay
“ Kelan sya babalik ? “ Tanong ni Rosalita
Ngumiti ang kanyang kapatid at hinalikan
S’ya sa pisngi at sumagot, “ Nevuary “.
Apog (Pluck in Tagalog)
Wala naman siguro masama kung sakaling bisitahin ko si Maya, tropa na rin naman kami sa Facebook. Nang makuha ko ang lugar kung saan siya nakatira, bumiyahe ako agad sakay ng Greyhound at todo iwas na mabasa tuwing iihi ako sa maliit na butas ng masikip na banyo ng tren. Pagdating ng tren, umiskor ako ng isang bucket ng manok sa Popeye’s. Nang andun na ako sa kanila, isang mala egoy na Adolf Hitler ang sumagot sa doorbell at ayaw akong papasukin kung di ko siya bibigyan ng hita’t leeg ng manok na nabili ko. Napangiti ako ng masilayan ko ang reyna ng tula at inabutan ko siya ng pritong okra na may hot sauce. Pinag masdan niya ako mula ulo hanggang paa, may dating ang kanyang mga mata. “ Siguro matindi ka sa mga babae.”sabi niya. “ Ayos lang” sabi ko. Hinubad niya ang pang ibaba niya, “ subukan nga natin kung gaano ka kagaling demonyo ka.” Napa ungol at napa halinghing s’ya sa pagkasubsob ko sa kanya at sa takot ko, akala ko mapapatay ko siya. Napasipol siya at napasabunot sa buhok ko. Nakaraos na siya sa tingin ko. “ Walanghiya. Ang lakas din ng loob mo para sa isang kalbo.” Dinunggol ko yung etits ko sa mukha nya, “ Sumusubo ka ba ? “, tanong ko. “ Matanda na ako para maging puta mo, lumayas ka na nga dito, iwan mo yang manok. “ Nag – bus na ako pabalik. May magandang blondie na hawig kay Grace Kelly sa banding likod. Naglaro kami ng doctor – doktoran hanggang Chicago.
Motherfucker was pure evil mean
he put her baby in the microwave
& her cat down the garbage disposal
If anyone deserved killing, it was
this sick demented cocksucker,
Rosalita called Refugio her hermano
Refugio wore a Santa’s cap, out of his
bag, he took a blow torch, a chrome
plated 357 & a sledgehammer
He just graduated from a nickel in
a notorious dungeon below the border,
he examined the situation the baby
was okay, the cat lost its tail
Motherfucker tried to run out the
back door, but the thrown hammer
was a fraction faster, Refugio took his
niece, sister & cat & put them in his car
Screams filled the neighborhood as
the blowtorch scorched the wannabe
badass, Refugio soon came out with
Motherfucker rolled in a carpet
Refugio told her to air out the house,
Rosalita asked, “When will he be back?”
her brother smiled & kissed her cheek
& replied, “Nevuary.”
After making friends with Maya on facebook I figured she wouldn’t mind a visit. I found out where she lived and jumped on a southbound Greyhound. The worst part was avoiding peeing on myself in the skinny bathroom while hitting potholes. When the dog arrived, I stopped at Popeye’s and got us a bucket of crispy chicken and the fixings. I rang her doorbell and a man that resembled a black Adolf Hitler answered, he wouldn’t let me enter until I gave him a thigh and neck bone from the fowl. When I saw the queen of poetry I smiled and gave her some fried okra with a packet of hot sauce. She looked me over from head to toe, her eyes seemed magnetic. Finally she spoke. “I’ll bet you’re pure hell on the ladies.” I said, “I do alright.” She removed her drawers and said, “Let’s see what you can do you silver-tongued devil.” I plunged in all the way to my ears, she started moaning and groaning and carrying on. I got a bit frightened, I thought I was going to fucking kill her. She started whistling and pulling my hair out by the roots. I figured she had enough. “Goddamn. You sure got a lot of pluck for a naked neck rooster scalawag.” I put my crotch in her face and asked, “Do you fetch bone?” “I’m too old to be your bitch, now give me the rest of that chicken and get the hell out of here.” I hit the bricks back to the bus station. There was a beautiful blonde that looked like Grace Kelly in the back row and we played doctor under a blanket all the way Chicago.
Translations by Anggo Genorga. Nevuary appeared in 1/25 Pluck appeared in Danse Macabre