By Patrick Camara Ropeta, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau
Posted at 02/14/2013 11:05 AM | READ FULL ARTICLE
LONDON - Love comes in all forms and, with the month of love in full swing, a new book published by a Filipino writer is attempting to navigate this irrepressible human emotion through poetry and words.
Written, edited and published by Kristian Jeff Cortez Agustin, “For Love and Poetry” delivers 14 chapters of poems tackling different kinds of love, from the classic notion of romance, to the love of family, friends, nature, and even the patriotic love of one’s own country.
Speaking to ABS-CBN Europe at the University of Westminster in London, where he recently completed his masters in visual culture, Agustin said: “Love is just everywhere. Even if there are lots of pain or bad things that happen around us, love still motivates people. So I realized that we should talk about love more, but not just in the romantic sense, because there are different kinds of love.”
about the artist & author
Kristian Jeff specialises in art, photography, graphic and web design, digital multimedia, video and film; occasionally writing songs, theatre pieces, and ‘love poetry’. Born in 1984, the Year of the Rat, and a ‘Cancerian’, he delves into art and poetry as an effective means of self-expression and learning. After 6 years of being a freelance art practitioner, he received scholarship in London and accomplished his Master’s degree in Visual Culture at the University of Westminster in 2012, after completing his dissertation on ‘social media interventions in governance and subject formation’. In 2006, he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Art Studies at the University of the Philippines, where he co-founded the Sirkulo ng mga Kabataang Artista (‘Circle of Young Artists’) in 2002 and served as its Artistic Director to date.
Recent collaborations include: his calligraphy work in ‘Fishes of Light’ / ‘Peces de Luz’ (2013) by lauded Filipina writer Professor Marjorie Evasco and award-winning Cuban poet and dramatist Alex Fleites; his libretto for Ageless Passion (2011), a musicale for retired Philippine Chief Justice Artemio V. Panganiban with original music by Filipino Maestro Ryan Cayabyab; and his calligraphy, logo design and concept art for Earth.Ø (2012), a transmedia project in London conceptualised by Yen Ooi.
In April 2012, he participated in the London Poetry Parnassus, an international poetry conference which convened renowned poets from different parts of the world. After being motivated by this biggest gathering of poets and literary artists, he then gained membership in The Poetry Society, a charitable institution in the UK promoting British and International poetry.