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Ruben Cuevas - Promethues Unbound

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jomel fuentes

on 20 March 2014

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Transcript of Ruben Cuevas - Promethues Unbound

Ruben Cuevas - Promethues Unbound
Born in Cagayan de Oro in 1945 to Jose Monreal Lacaba of Loon, Bohol and Fe Flores from Pateros, Rizal, he is one of the leading figures in Philippine literature today.
Lacaba was recognized for his coverage of the First Quarter Storm, an anti-Marcos movement, in 1970.
Jose Maria Flores Lacaba, popularly known as Pete Lacaba, is a Filipino film writer, editor, poet, screenwriter, journalist and translator.
Under the nom de plume Ruben Cuevas, Lacaba published his poem “Prometheus Unbound” at Focus, a magazine that had allied itself with the Marcos regime.
Jose "Pete" Lacaba
Prometheus Unbound

Mars shall glow tonight,
artemis is out of sight.
rust in the twilight sky
colors a bloodshot eye,
or shall i say that dust
sunders the sleep of just?

Hold fast to the gift of fire!
Iam rage! i am wrath! i am ire!
the vulture sits on my rock,
licks at the chains that mock
emancipation’s breath,
reeks of death, death, death.
Death shall not unclench me.
I am earth, wind and sea!
kisses bestow on the brave
that defy the damp of grave
and strike the chill hand of
death with the flaming sword of love.

Orion stirs. the vulture
retreats from the hard, pure
thrust of the spark that burns,
unbounds, departs, returns
To pluck out of death’s fist
A god who dared to resist.
The poem is about how Prometheus steals the fire from Zeus. The fire symbolizes art and knowledge
The poem is also a chant; Notice the every first letter of every first line.
This is how he could fight and bring anger on people to Marcos.
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