Jose Garcia Villa





Jose Garcia Villa

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born
in Singalong, Manila, Philippines
August 05, 1908

died
February 07, 1997

gender
male

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About this author

Jose Garcia Villa was a Filipino poet, literary critic, short story writer, and painter. He was awarded the National Artist of the Philippines title for literature in 1973, as well as the Guggenheim Fellowship in creative writing by Conrad Aiken. He is known to have introduced the "reversed consonance rime scheme" in writing poetry, as well as the extensive use of punctuation marks—especially commas, which made him known as the Comma Poet. He used the penname Doveglion (derived from "Dove, Eagle, Lion"), based on the characters he derived from himself. These animals were also explored by another poet e.e. cummings in Doveglion, Adventures in Value, a poem dedicated to Villa.

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More books by Jose Garcia Villa…
“I shall talk to you through trees, through the arms of dancers, through sweet words uttered by many lovers.

The arms of dancers round you shall be my arms.

The eyes of men admiring you shall be my eyes.

I have many arms, many eyes.

It is that, loving you, I have become many lovers.”
Jose Garcia Villa, Doveglion: Collected Poems

“I,it,was,that,saw,
God,dancing,on,phosphorescent,toes,
Among,the,strawberries.

It,could,have,been,moonlight,or,
Daylight—or,no,light,at,all.
His,feet,cast,light,on,all.

On,phosphorescent,feet,
On,phosphorescent,feet,He,danced,
And,His,eyes,were,closed:

He,made,the,strawberries,tremble!
Yet,He,hurt,not,the,little,one,
But,gave,them,ripeness,all.”
Jose Garcia Villa, Doveglion: Collected Poems

“Art is a miraculous flirtation with Nothing!
Aiming for nothing, and landing on the Sun.”
Jose Garcia Villa, Doveglion: Collected Poems

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