Rendered in rime royal, Simeon Dumdum’s eighth book of poetry is, in the words of poet Gémino H. Abad, “a moving narrative… that the poet achieves with quiet aplomb.” When Dumdum traveled to Rome to witness the canonization of Pedro Calungsod, he visited various Marian shrines, among them, the ones in Fatima, Lourdes, and Rue du Bac. In his introduction, Dumdum explains: “I had a personal, and a spiritual, aim in writing the poem. I count myself, however unworthy, a devotee of Mary, the Mother of God, and considered the pilgrimage to her shrines a kind of homecoming, a return to the faith of my youth, after having strayed from the path, and taken many detours which brought me to the edge and the possibility of falling over.”

The 162 seven-line stanzas took Dumdum two years and four months and several revisions. Writes Abad: “In stories about Calungsod, the children at Fatima, Bernadette Soubirous, and Catherine Labouré, the poet realizes faith as ‘reason’s wiser brother,’ so that the soul at last ‘finds God its real business…Something it should have done right at the start.’

Letter from Fatima

  • Weight: 0.1 kg
    Dimensions: 9 x 6
    Pages: 52

    Copyright: 2017
    ISBN: 978-971-539-104-7


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