Pasckie Pascua will launch his new book, “Red is the Color of my Night,” and kicks off the first leg of a reading tour as the featured poet at the ALTAMONT POETRY SERIES on MAY 19 (Monday, 7:30 PM) at North Carolina Stage Company in downtown Asheville. NC Stage Co. is located at 15 Stage Lane, Asheville, NC 28801 (ncstage.org) 828 239 0263. Hosts: Caleb Beissert, Jeff Davis.
BACK in the Philippines, his country of birth, PASCKIE PASCUA is categorized as a “Martial Law Baby,” a direct child of the dictatorship's darker years. By the time he decided to fly to New York City on his 38th birthday in 1998, he was already a veteran journalist—with an active tour of duty in Manila's perennial media and writers organizations, activist groups, and political think-tanks.
The poems and prose in “Red is the Color of my Night” reflect the often ragged but mostly warm wisdom of a journeyman who witnessed and experienced a life that defies his reserved demeanor and inviting smile. This book is written in blood and delivered with a language that crosses creed and culture, without hesitation or reserve. The poet traverses the rough terrains of his past with piercing honesty and visionary glare. His work bothers and comforts at the same time; it also provokes while it reassures.