Windows and Writers

Why do writers love windows? So many wordsmiths have told stories about windows, placing their writing desks beside windows, and gazing out windows and suddenly having words come rushing to them. Goodreads has over 3000 quotes from literary works that use windows as imagery for poetry or as a plot device for prose. Saying, “That’s…

Geology of Memory

I spent my 26th birthday last May 3 inside two major caves in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. In the morning, my friend Girlie and I explored Ugong Rock Cave to go spelunking. That one was actually a pleasant surprise because I didn’t know it would be part of my itinerary for the Underground River tour. I…

Photo of the Day: Un-Rain

Question: Is rain still rain if the water stops dropping? If you were to suddenly gain the power to freeze time, ala-Piper from the ’90s show Charmed, and suspend the water in mid-air at will, then rain stops being rain because its definition depends on the act of falling, right? I think this photo is…

Receding Orbit

On August 17, 2009, my poem “Receding Orbit” got published in Philippines Graphic magazine. I’m posting it here. Hope you enjoy reading it. Receding Orbit by Raydon L. Reyes Strange, how even as I separate, I find myself drawn to you. I am the moon in orbit, trying to inch away from this gravitational cycle…

Janusz Prud’s Bicycle Ride Against HIV

Yes, priests can be badass. Exhibit A: Janusz “Dimpo” Prud, a Polish priest who organized a two-week bicycle ride across Botswana, Africa to raise funds for orphanages with children suffering from HIV/AIDS. Talk about travelling for a cause! Dimpo didn’t know what was in store for him when he first arrived in Botswana in 1995.…

Philosophy vendors and conscious cadavers: a review of Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky’s ‘Memories of the Future’

Russian writer Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky (try saying that out loud) is one of those artists who find recognition post-mortem—after death. He literally did not live long enough to see his collection of short fiction Memories of the Future (Editions Verdier, 2006) see print and get appreciated by readers of speculative fiction. Speculative fiction encompasses written works that highlight…