Toilet buddies

For the past few months, I’ve had two toilet buddies that make my time doing # 2 a little less lonely. They are Edge’s What Have You Changed Your Mind About? and What Are You Optimistic About?, both edited by John Brockman. These non-fiction books by the self-proclaimed intellectual online hub http://www.edge.org collect short essays…

Single Rider

A young man who always travels alone goes up the Single Riders lane in Universal Studios Singapore’s roller coaster ride and finds some company. What does this encounter entail for him? *note: This story first appeared in the New York based gay literary journal Chelsea Station (Issue 4). The author retains full rights to the story. That means no…

Crackers

Crackers by Raydon L. Reyes WHENEVER I repeated a word my master said, I got a cracker. This was how things worked for me ever since I started living in my master’s house. I never liked the taste of crackers. Dried-up bark would probably taste better. But ever since I was placed in a cage,…

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…

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…

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…