Jim Pascual Agustin grew up in the Philippines under the shadow of the Marcos dictatorship. Since 1994, he has been living in Cape Town. He writes in Filipino and English and has produced ten books of poetry and a collection of stories.
Bloodred Dragonflies is Agustin’s first book published in South Africa (Deep South, Makhanda, 2022). A selection from three decades of work includes new poems and some recently translated versions of poems from the Filipino. His poems, constructed from subtle images, close observations of nature and refracted memories, demonstrate how innocence can stay alive under the most challenging conditions.