Two poems of writer Pablo A. Tariman were accepted in The Best of Asian Poetry 2021 anthology to be launched in November 2021.
Kitaab (Singapore) received submissions from Asian poets for the 2021 anthology which aims to celebrate Asian literature as a constantly evolving, innovative and vibrant mode of literary expression.
The Best Asian Poetry 2021 anthology was selected and edited by Sudeep Sen whose prize-winning books include Postmarked India: New & Selected Poems (HarperCollins), Rain, Aria (A. K. Ramanujan Translation Award), Fractals: New & Selected Poems | Translations 1980-2015 (London Magazine Editions), EroText (Vintage: Penguin Random House), and Kaifi Azmi: Poems | Nazms (Bloomsbury), among others. He has edited influential anthologies, including: The HarperCollins Book of English Poetry, World English Poetry, and Modern English Poetry by Younger Indians (Sahitya Akademi), among others.
Sen is the first Asian honored to deliver the Derek Walcott Lecture and read at the Nobel Laureate Festival.
Tariman, who resumed his love affair with poetry during the lockdown, was one of the speakers in the symposium called “Responding To The Pandemic Through Poetry” sponsored by the University of the Philippines Baguio.
His poem, “Ode To Frontliners,” is now inscribed on a marker at Plaza Familia (formerly Plaza Bonifacio) unveiled by Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto last December 30, 2020.
Tariman’s poems during the pandemic have appeared in Manila Bulletin, Vera Files, The Diarist.Ph and Catanduanes Tribune.

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