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.