Writing Poetry in 2020

Writing Poetry in 2020



is, at times, scavenging

for rough diamonds

in a smoky landfill,

knowing it is impossible.


But we keep finding them,

few and far between

they may be.


Then we cut and polish

each gem to the smoothest

they can possibly be,

which is another



We keep writing:

lost grimy children

still at play.



Karlo Sevilla


Karlo Sevilla of Quezon City, Philippines is the author of the full-length poetry collection “Metro Manila Mammal” (Soma Publishing, 2018) and the chapbook “You” (Origami Poems Project, 2017). Recognized among the Best of Kitaab 2018 and twice nominated for the Best of the Net, his poems appear or are forthcoming in Philippines Graphic, Ariel Chart, DIAGRAM, Small Orange, Black Bough Poetry, The Wombwell Rainbow, Line Rider Press, Melbourne Culture Corner, Quince Magazine, Last Leaves, Raven, 3 Moon Magazine, and elsewhere. He is also one of the contributors to “Pandemic: A Community Poem,” Muse-Pie Press’s nominated poem for the 2020 Pushcart Prize.


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