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Image by Anthony Tuil

accidental midnight voyeur
Karlo Sevilla

monumental concrete corpse

this decrepit building

across my apartment

and now the only thing

that betrays its flickering life

is the lone bright window

on its 13th floor

and the svelte silhouette

that sheds as skin

clothes and accessories

piece by piece

a fragment of liquid shadow

sloughed one after the other

guilty I close the blinds

and snake into my bed

Image by Vincent van Zalinge

somewhere in yakushima
Karlo Sevilla

languid forest river

slow sedated

as the dusk

that surrenders

to the undergrowth

cold as the frozen arrow

and the blood 

that seeped into snow

its crepuscular water

fails to mirror

the fragile fawn

that leaps and glides

one slithery edge

to the mossier other

in search of her mother

Image by Amelia Bartlett

Karlo Sevilla of Quezon City, Philippines is the author of four poetry collections, among them are the full-length "Metro Manila Mammal" (Soma Publishing, 2018) and the chapbook “Recumbent” (8Letters Bookstore and Publishing, 2023). Shortlisted for the 2023 Creators of Justice Literary Award and the 2021 Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition, and thrice nominated for the Best of the Net, his poems appear in Philippines Graphic, Philippines Free Press, Matter, Radius, Small Orange, DIAGRAM, and elsewhere.

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