POET Jim Pascual Agustin’s newest book, How to Make a Salagubang Helicopter & Other Poems, is set to be appear in Philippine bookstores this month after its electronic edition recently debuted on Amazon Kindle on the top of Amazon’s Hot New Releases in Asian Poetry list.
Published by San Anselmo Publications Inc., the 114-page How to Make a Salagubang Helicopter collects more than 80 poems, some of which have appeared in international literary journals, including Modern Poetry in Translation in the United Kingdom, Rhino and World Literature Today in the United States, and The Johannesburg Review of Books and New Coin in South Africa.
According to San Anselmo Publications publisher Marvin Aceron, he is releasing Agustin’s book — the author’s ninth, after Wings of Smoke in 2017 and the National Book Award-nominated Sanga sa Basang Lupa at Iba Pang Kuwento in 2016 — to promote Filipino poetry and inspire the youth.
“Jim Pascual Agustin is a fine poet, and his skill and integrity are unmatched in Philippine letters. To give justice to his poetry, we assembled a good team around Jim to produce this book,” Aceron said.
The team is made up of Palanca award-winning fictionist Sasha Martinez, who wrote the foreword and edited the book; artist Alex “Bugsy” Sibug, who designed the book and its cover; and photographer and cinematographer Paul I. Tañedo, who took the photographs at the book’s core.
“Paul’s pictures inspired Jim to write poems on them. In this book, we put those pictures and poems together. The reading experience is guaranteed to be enchanting,” Aceron said.
To further encourage young readers, San Anselmo Publications will launch a nationwide contest inspired by How to Make a Salagubang Helicopter, details of which would be announced soon.
The South Africa-based Agustin’s works have appeared in major Philippine publications, including the now-defunct Midweek Magazine; Ani, the literary journal of the Cultural Center of the Philippines; and the Philippines Graphic magazine.
Some of his poems are included in award-winning poet and scholar Dr. Gemino H. Abad’s landmark poetry anthologies A Habit of Shores (1999) and The Achieve of, the Mastery (2018).
Agustin has won a number of international awards, such as the Gabo Prize for Literature in Translation and Multilingual Texts; the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organization Award; and the Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award.
For more information about How to Make a Salagubang Helicopter & Other Poems, follow the Facebook pages of Jim Pascual Agustin and San Anselmo Publications.