Monday, January 13, 2014

“It is wine for the soul,” were the words used by the author to describe his latest work, the non-traditional epic, Ten Thousand Lines Project For World Peace, set to be launched by Philippine Center of International PEN (Poets, Playwrights, Essayists, Novelists) this month at Solidaridad Bookshop in Manila.

It took two years and two months for its writer Edwin M. Cordevilla to complete the literary masterpiece. The first epic and longest poem ever written so far for global peace in the shortest timeframe, it covers and approximates ideas and experiences known to man, as well as touching on ancient history, current history, hyper-history and even poeticizes a vision of the near future.

Edwin Cordevilla

Aside from being a unique gift item one can give to friends, the epic book provides the reader the rare leisure of being randomly read on any page without compromising its over-all effect, meaning and appeal, as it retains in its totality the sweet measure and pleasure of reading the entire book from cover to cover.

Published by Central Books, the epic is a 10,000-liner-long poem divided into 112 episodes. Each episode is a standalone. The entire book is comprised of 347 pages that include a lovely interview with the author by the youthful literary theorist Alvin dela Serna.

Ten Thousand Lines Project For World Peace is Cordevilla’s third poetry book. He is the author of Phoenix and Other Poems published in 2000 and The Occasions of Air, Fire, Water published in 2012.

Ten Thousand Lines Project For World Peace is currently available at Solidaridad Bookshop on Padre Faura in Manila, Popular Bookstore on Tomas Morato in Quezon City, Central Bookstore Ever Gotesco Mall on C.M. Recto in Manila and Central Bookstore SM Megamall fifth level, Building A, Ortigas Center in Mandaluyong City.

Aside from being a poet, Cordevilla is also a journalist. He was a recipient of the Louie Rufino Prieto Foundation Journalism Award in 1997 and awarded as an outstanding alumnus in the field of journalism in 2004 by the Far Eastern University.

For information, visit the author’s Facebook fan page or e-mail

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