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Imagination’s Way

Gémino H. Abad

Imagination’s Way
ESSAYS CRITICAL AND PERSONAL

Gémino H. Abad

UST PUbliShing hoUSe Manila, Philippines 2010

Preface

of course, certain themes or concerns are more lengthily dealt with. The reader may well start with “the short of it”; should the pieces there interest him or make him curious—as I might hope—then perhaps they are open invitations to “the long.” In these short pieces, I do not as a rule indicate the sources of my quotes, for you will find them again in “the long.” The principal motifs in “the long”—our people’s story, the work of imagination, and the poem’s making—interweave among the essays there. One unavoidable consequence is the matter of repetition in one form or another for the sake of a given essay’s argument; thus, in two or three instances, I repeat a quote, say, from the philosopher Albert Camus because, amid the susurrus of words, its sudden flash of illumination seems to make a brighter clearing within language. Still, I have striven to reduce the reiterations that may well be the insistent urtext or warp and woof of my concerns as a writer. “And mostly personal,” the last pieces of writing, comprise a reflection on myself, on what I have passed through, with gratitude for the present that I seem to have opened where I chanced upon it. But of course it isn’t as though “the long and the short of it” weren’t also deeply, ultimately, personal. And the last piece, as with all writings, may well be Rumi’s: Now a silence unweaves the shroud of words we have woven.*

“The Short of It” is basically a synopsis of “the long” where,

* From Rumi’s poem, “One Thing I Did Wrong,” in Rumi: Bridge to the Soul, tr. Coleman Barks, A. J. Arberry, and Nevit Ergin. N.Y.: HarperOne, 2007: 138.

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