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Here for the first time, is a collection of Villa's magical and most joyful poems selected especially for the world's children. These are poems to ignite children's imaginations and perhaps enflame their own future words. Tagalog translation by Larry Francia, edited by John Cowen. With original drawings by the author. ...more
Paperback, 94 pages
Published 1999 by Anvil Publishing
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Really inspiring poems and quirky drawings from one of the most talented Filipino poets.
George Gonzaga Deoso
Particularly love this one:

27

When, Nothing, is, so well, said,
or, so, well, done,

It, betrays, itself, and becomes,
Something:

As, apples, by, Cezanne, or, just,
Lines, by Mondrian.
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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 comm ...more

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