three monoku by Billy Antonio

deportation driftwood washes ashore



territorial dispute ripples reach both shores



as far as the i can see blackholes



Billy Antonio was born in  1975 in San Carlos City, Pangasinan, Philippines. He is  the  author  of  a mini-chapbook, “In  a Country  with Two Seasons” (Poems-for-All), two  poetry chapbooks, “Losing a Balloon :  Haiku and  Senryu” (Alien Buddha Press) and “where it was” (Clare Songbirds Publishing House, New York), and a short  fiction  collection,  “Thread and Other Stories” (Alien Buddha Press). Some of  his fiction and poetry  have been published  in  journals, magazines  (print  and online), and  anthologies. His poetry  has  won international  recognition  including  first places  in the European  Kukai  and Shiki  Kukai. He  is  a Dwarf  Stars  Award nominee.  Some of  his poems have been  translated into  several  languages. He is a public school  teacher.

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