The second installment of High Chair 12, a special issue on the Maguindanao Massacre, is now online. It features poetry by Mesandel Virtusio Arguelles, Lawrence Bernabe, Marlon Hacla, Erwin Lareza, Francisco Montesena, Ned Parfan, Allan Popa, LeAnne Ray, and Louie Jon A. Sanchez.

We are currently working on the third installment of High Chair 12. We are inviting poets and artists everywhere to submit responses to the works published in the first and second installments.

We are interested in poems (whether old or new, unpublished or previously published) that offer ways of thinking about terror, horror, and other pertinent ideas/terms. We are interested in essays/reviews/paintings/photographs/comics, etc. that examine the role and state of Philippine poetry and art in the context of the Maguindanao Massacre.

We recognize the need to engage with the Maguindanao Massacre and to ensure, through an ongoing discussion, that the event remains current and urgent. Thus, High Chair 12 is a work in progress, with content uploaded by installment. The deadline for submission for possible inclusion in the third or fourth installment of High Chair 12 is March 12, 2010.

We welcome submissions in Filipino and English. Please send no more than five pages of poetry. There is no page limit for essay contributions. Email your submissions or queries to (subject heading: High Chair Issue 12).