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Jose Garcia Villa 55 Poems

Early Poems / Mga Unang Tula 49

By: J. Villa

The Nude is to be viewed.
Do not exclude
Nor young nor old.
A nude is handsomest gold.

A male nude.
And see what he doth include
Betwixt his thighs:
His terrible and wise.

A female nude.
And see what she doth include
Betwixt her thighs:
Her perfect surprise.

These nudes are us
If we are precious!
These nudes are pure
And will endure.


Translated By: H. Francia

Ang Hubad ay upang tingnan.
Huwag hindi isama
Ang bata o matanda.
Ang isang hubad ay pinakamagandang ginto.

Ang isang hubad na lalake.
At tingnan kung ano ang kanyang isinama
Sa pagitan ng kanyang mga hita:
Ang kanyang kilabot at talino.

Ang isang hubad na babae.
At tingnan kung ano ang kanyang isinama
Sa pagitan ng kanyang mga hita:
Ang kanyang walang sirang panggitla.

Ang mga hubad na ito ay tayo
Kung tayo ay mahalaga!
Ang mga hubad na ito ay banal
At magtatagal.

Early Poems / Mga Unang Tula 48

By: J. Villa

How beautiful is sleep. Let
the young lover sleep.
After her deep
let the young lover sleep.
After the river
after the fever
he has been giver
He has been true
he has been swift
make him now this gift:
Let the young
lover sleep.
How beautiful the young lover in sleep.

Translated By: H. Francia

Anong ganda ng pagtulog. Hayaang
ang batang mangingibig ay matulog.
Pagkatapos ng kanyang lalim
hayaang ang batang mangingibig ay matulog.
Pagkatapos ng ilog
pagkatapos ng lagnat
siya ay naging tagapagbigay
Siya ay naging tunay
siya ay naging mabilis
igawa siya ngayon nitong handog:
Hayaang ang batang
mangingibig ay matulog.
Anong ganda ng batang mangingibig sa

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Jose Garcia Villa

Citattion of the National Artist Award conferred on Jose Garcia Villa by the Philippine Government

on June 12, 1973

Jose Garcia Villa is one of the finest contemporary poets regardless of race or language. When Have Come , Am Here, the first of his poems to be published in the West, broke upon the surprised consciousness of readers, it was immediately acclaimed for its beauty of language, intensity of thought and a fierce religious spirit absent in the poetry of his age.

Villa's theme are universal- the meaning of self, man's combat with God, the passion of love. He inhabits a timeless world, like the great poets of any language. and rise the ultimate questions about the meaning of life.

The center of Villa's universe is man, the puny inhabitant of a tiny planet, and the poet measures him fearlessly in the scale of perfection, which is God. He affirms God with a lyric exaltation allied to the religious mystics. Yet, on behalf of man, he challeges God in a daring afirmation that the creature made in His image contains in himself the seeds of His perfection.

To the art of poetry Villa introduced the reversed consonance ryhme scheme for greater subtlety and discipline, and the "comma poems" which glorify the punctuation mark by a strangely innovative functional and poetic use.

Villa's poems are distillates of wisdom and passion, couched in language of grave beauty and measured grace. In the country of the poet's imagination, word and thought often have a fresh but baffling "strangeness." This surely springs from the mixed Filipino cultural heritage which shapes the contours of the poet's thoughts and confers on his created language its characteristic ring and flavor. With Villa the Philippines is fixed firmly on the literary map of the world.


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