This hefty collection of poetry by 93 Singaporean and Filipino writers pulls together a wide array of perspectives on the theme of love. Edited by Krip Yuson, Rayvi Sunico, Aaron Lee and Alvin Pang, Love Gathers All was launched in both Singapore and Manila last year. The concept for the book was born through cultural visits between the two Asian cities. Yuson notes "The initial visit by four vibrant Singaporean poets to Manila in January 2001 was reciprocated by six equally vibrant Filipino writers during the Singapore Writers' Festival in September
opens up new opportunities to enhance mutual consciousness and appreciation for one another's diverse and rich culture." Filipino writers with poems in Love Gathers All include Jimmy Abad, Cesar Ruiz Aquino, Cirilo Bautista, Rofel Brion, Luis Cabalquinto, J. Wendell Capili, Noelle de Jesus, Ricardo de Ungria, Ophelia Dimalanta, Luis Francia, Eric Gamalinda, J. Neil Garcia, Christine Godinez-Ortega, Remé-Antonia Grefalda, Ramil Digal Gulle, Luisa Igloria, Marne Kilates, Rene Navarro, Jon Pineda, Danton Remoto, Nadine Sarreal, Eileen Tabios, and Rowena Torrevillas.
"If there is grace in suffering,
he offers, even now,
a love surpassing all, far
more steadfast than this stone."
from "Cross Mountain" by Lee Tzu Pheng