Author: Dorian S. Merina
Achichuk names both the collection and the place with which Merina is deeply familiar. That two-part signification invites as to read Achichuk as lyric georaphy. Its best poems convey deftness, verve, and grace. And the syntax found in the poems--in the arrangements on the page and the word-music they score-embody the energies of tide and wind. If culture is a form of survival, the Merina not only enriches Philippine poetry but also enables Ivatan culture to thrive in language that his tillage has made hospitable.