LIBRONG LIRA, the publishing arm of the Linangan sa Imahen Retorika at Anyo (LIRA), will launch a new edition of 2007 Palanca Hall of Fame awardee Nicolas B. Pichay’s poetry collection Ang Lunes na Mahirap Bunuin (The Intransigence of Mondays) from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Conspiracy Bar in Quezon City on February 18.
First published by Publikasyong Sipat in 1993, Lunes also features English translations of Pichay’s poems by Rose-King Dominguez, Gerardo Z. Torres and Romulo P. Baquiran Jr., and an introduction by National Artist for Literature Virgilio S. Almario. The new edition also includes a new introduction by poet, essayist, musician and broadcaster Lourd de Veyra.
Pichay is a playwright, poet and screenwriter. He received various prizes not only from the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, but also from the NCCA (National Commission for Culture and the Arts) Literary Awards, CCP (Cultural Center of the Philippines) Literary Awards, Asian Cultural Council and Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas of the Unyon ng mga Manunulat ng Pilipinas.
Pichay finished his political science and law degrees at the University of the Philippines Diliman. He is a senior member of the Writer’s Bloc, a Manila-based group of aspiring and veteran playwrights. He currently works as director of the Legislative Research Service of the Philippine Senate.
Lunes is the sixth poetry book published by Librong LIRA after those of Enrique Villasis, Charles Tuvilla, Edgar Samar and Baquiran, and the all-women poetry anthology Lila (co-published with Balangay) edited by Roma Estrada, Louise Lopez and Bebang Siy.
LIRA is a nationally recognized, volunteer-run, education nongovernment organization that seeks to promote literature, the Filipino language and patriotism. LIRA is the oldest organization of poets in Filipino and one of the country’s premier literary groups.
The book costs P460. For orders or other inquiries, contact Librong LIRA through its Facebook page @LibrongLIRA.