Along with books on Bin Laden and Facebook by Maria Ressa, the Supreme Court by Marites Danguilan Vitug, National Bookstore’s Nanay Coring by Yvette Fernandez, a thriller by William Landay, and a love story by David Levitham, Marne Kilates’ latest book of poems was listed in the “Top Ten Books of the Year” of the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
Kilates is a member of the Board of Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (Umpil).
In the Inquirer’s literary yearender (Dec. 31, 2012), writer and poet Ruel S. De Vera cited Kilates’s Pictures as Poems & Other (Re)Visions (University of Santo Tomas Publishing House) as the year’s apparent best in poetry, saying that “Images and verses come together magically in Kilates’ fourth collection of poems. This time, the poems consider and complement works of visual art, as Kilates’ precise poetry succeeds in its goal to bring the poems and their subjects to life.”
De Vera goes on to say that “One only has to savor poems like ‘Crossing Galilee with Delacroix & Mandelstam’ and ‘That Luna Woman’ to understand why Kilates is simply one of our best poets writing in English today.”
The other books in the top ten list are 10 Days, 10 Years: From Bin Laden to Facebook, by Maria A. Ressa (Anvil Publishing), Defending Jacob by William Landay (Delacorte Press), Every Day by David Levithan (Alfred A. Knopf), The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (Dutton), Hour before Dawn: The Fall and Uncertain Rise of the Philippine Supreme Court by Marites Danguilan Vitug (Cleverheads Publishing), Monstress: Stories by Lysley Tenorio (Ecco), Nanay Coring: The Story of National Book Store’ Socorro Ramos by Yvette Fernandez, illustrated by Liza Flores (Dream Big Books), Linamnam: Eating One’s Way around the Philippines by Claude Tayag and Mary Ann Quioc (Anvil), and Trese 5: Midnight Tribunal by Budjette Tan, illustrated by Kajo Baldisimo (Visual Print Enterprises).
I’m Afraid of Heights (Or Why I Can’t Social Climb) by Inquirer Lifestyle editor Thelma Sioson San Juan was also cited but not ranked or reviewed because it was published by Inquirer Books.