Doveglion : Collected Poems

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The centennial edition of major Filipino writer José Garcia Villa's collected poetry Known as the "Pope of Greenwich Village," José Garcia Villa had a special status as the only Asian poet among a group of modern literary giants in 1940s New York that included W. H. Auden, Tennessee Williams, and a young Gore Vidal. But beyond his exotic ethnicity, Villa was a global poet who was admired for "the reverence, the raptness, the depth of concentration in [his] bravely deep poems" (Marianne Moore). Doveglion (Villa's pen name for dove, eagle, and lion) contains Villa's collected poetry, including rare and previously unpublished material. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 132 x 196 x 14mm | 220g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0143105353
  • 9780143105350
  • 793,259

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Villa seems to me to possess one of the purest and most natural gifts discoverable anywhere in contemporary poetry.
Mark Van Doren
[Villa is] a poet with a great, even an astounding, and perfectly original gift. . . . The best of his poems are among the most beautiful written in our time.
Edith Sitwell
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About Jose Garcia Villa

Jose Garcia Villa (1908-1997) was a Filipino poet, writer, and critic. He used the pen name "Doveglion," which was a combination of the words "dove," "eagle," and "lion" and was what he believed was his true persona. His notable works include The Anchored Angel, The Emperor's New Sonnet, and Footnote to Youth. John Edwin Cowen is a poet as well as a professor of literacy and education at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. His collection of poetry, Mathematics of Love: Poems by John Edwin Cowen, was published in 2011. He also edited Doveglion: The Collected Poems of Jose Garcia Villa. Luis H. Francia a writer and professor with Hunter College's Asian American Studies department. His writing has appeared in various publications including the Village Voice and The Nation. His works include Eve of the Fish: A Personal Archipelago, The Artic Archipelago, and Museum of Absence. Additionally, he coedited Flippin' Filipinos on America, Vestiges of War: The Philippine-American War and the Aftermath of an Imperial Dream, 1899-1999.
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