Cover art of Lunes na Mahirap Bunuin

Librong LIRA, the publishing arm of the Linangan sa Imahen Retorika, at Anyo (LIRA), will launch Nicolas B. Pichay’s poetry book “Ang Lunes na Mahirap Bunuin” [The Intransigence of Mondays] on 18 February 2020, 7:00 pm-9:00 pm, at the Conspiracy Bar, Quezon City.

“Ang Lunes” was originally published by Publikasyong SIPAT in 1993 with English translations by Rose King-Dominguez, Gerardo Z. Torres, and Romulo P. Baquiran, Jr. The re-publication includes the 1993 introduction by National Artist Virgilio S. Almario and a new introduction by Lourd de Veyra.

Best-selling author Edgar Calabia Samar reviewed the book as “[s]a henerasyong lingo-linggong nagtu-tweet ng panlulumo sa pagdating ng panibago na namang Lunes na mahirap bunuin, nagkakaroon ng panibago ring saysay ang pagbabalik ng aklat na ito ni Pichay sa atin. Gusto kong sabihin na tungkol ito sa mga tag-araw at kabataan, sa mga tag-ulan at di nauunawaan, tulad ng unang linya ng tula na “parati kong ikinamamatay”—dahil “hindi ko makita ang kanilang hinihila,” o “puwedeng pagnilayan buong araw.” O na tungkol ito sa kahulugan ng paglaki at pagkalalaki, tungkol sa katawan na pinagmamasdan nang may lihim at lagim ng pagnanasa, tungkol sa mga pananalig na nililigalig ng kilig at hilig. Subalit mas gusto kong basahin ito bilang marubdob na pag-aalay ng mga taludtod sa mga tao at taon na bukal ng lugod at takot na humuhubog sa mga mukha ng ating pag-irog sa harap ng mga mahirap bunuin kapag wala ang ibig nating kapiling.”

Pichay is a playwright, poet, and screenwriter. He received various literary awards such as the Carlos Palanca Literary Prize (2007 Hall of Fame), NCCA Literary Awards, CCP Literary Awards, Asian Cultural Council, and Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas of UMPIL (2016). He studied BA Political Science and Bachelor of Laws in UP. He currently works as Director of Legislative Research Service of the Senate of the Philippines.

Pichay’s book will be the sixth poetry book published by Librong LIRA after the poetry books of Enrique Villasis, Charles Tuvilla, Edgar Samar, and Romulo Baquiran Jr., 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 non-government 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.

For book orders or other inquiries, you may contact Librong LIRA through its Facebook page @LibrongLIRA.

Prepared by:
Joey Tabula, LIRA Vice President & Librong LIRA Publisher