It's just that when I was young and even now, in my late 40s, it's so much easier to find, say, Abraham Verghese's Cutting for Stone, an Ethiopian novel set mostly in Addis Ababa, or Irish poet Paul Muldoon's Horse Latitudes
than Nick Joaquin's Manila, My Manila.
Many of the terms are endearing, such as anvil zits, cloud streets, horse latitudes
, knuckles, mamma clouds, steam clouds and, of course, graupel.
As the horse latitudes
of July encircle our days, readers of Strategies might be forgiven if their thoughts are fixed on vacation time, beach houses and fireworks.
A memoir, Uncle Dad, appeared in 1987, and his story collection, Letters From the Horse Latitudes
, in 1994.
This is true, of course, throughout what one hesitates to call his "corpus," given that in Horse Latitudes
the end of art, as of war and love, is road kill.
His latest volume of poems is called Horse Latitudes