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The Sorrows of Water: Poems

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An extraordinary achievement!

From Closet Quivers to Our Lady of the Carnival to The Sorrows of Water, J. Neil Carmelo Garcia finds a language within - within English and within mythology - to enflesh the story of the body's passion and sorrow, bliss and sacrifice. In this new collection, what is fully satisfying, poem to poem, is the metaphysical depth where matter and soul yearn for one another. The reader reaps that ineffable insight, which is illumination of thought that no idea grasps, and radiance of feeling that no thought catches.

- Gemino H. Abad

188 pages, Paperback

First published January 1, 2000

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J. Neil C. Garcia

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J. Neil C. Garcia finished his BA Journalism (magna cum laude) in the University of Santo Tomas in 1990. He is currently teaching creative writing and comparative literature at the University of the Philippines , Diliman, where he also serves as an associate for poetry in the Institute of Creative Writing . He is the author of numerous poetry collections and works in literary and cultural criticism, including Our Lady of the Carnival (1996), The Sorrows of Water (2000), Kaluluwa (2001), Philippine Gay Culture: The Last Thirty Years (1996), Slip/pages: Essays in Philippine Gay Criticism (1998), Performing the Self: Occasional Prose (2003), The Garden of Wordlessness (2005), and Misterios and Other Poems ( 2005) His latest critical work , Postcolonialism and Filipino Poetics: Essays and Critiques , is a revised version of his PhD dissertation in English Studies: Creative Writing, which he completed in 2003. He is currently working on a full-length book, a postcolonial survey and analysis of Philippine poetry in English.

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