As 2017 Auckland City Chair for National Flash Fiction Day, Ivy Alvarez shares highlights from the event, her thoughts on fiction, and her poem, “Horse-drawn slave”, on Flash Frontier.
Described as “a super and incredibly prescient interview“, Ivy Alvarez asks Conchitina Cruz about poetry, politics and the Philippines during a time of turmoil and bloodshed.
Please tell us about the making of “Langit ang buhay.”
Outside my writing attic is a small balcony, with wood palings ranged all around, and I noticed a hole from which a nail had fallen out. So in I go, into the hole, towards the poem.
This poem forms part of a series that responds to Filipino idiomatic expressions. There are many of these. It will probably take me forever.
Elizabeth Onusko Cafferkey asks Five Questions of Ivy Alvarez, for Foundry.