By José Garcia Villa
The centennial variation of significant Filipino author José Garcia Villa's gathered poetry
Known because the "Pope of Greenwich Village," José Garcia Villa had a unique prestige because the merely Asian poet between a gaggle of contemporary literary giants in Forties big apple that integrated W. H. Auden, Tennessee Williams, and a tender Gore Vidal. yet past his unique ethnicity, Villa used to be an international poet who used to be famous for "the reverence, the raptness, the intensity of focus in [his] bravely deep poems" (Marianne Moore). Doveglion (Villa's pen identify for dove, eagle, and lion) comprises Villa's gathered poetry, together with infrequent and formerly unpublished material.
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Forms come and go, what seemed invincible crumbles. But amid the States rising from the sea, amid demolished streets where one day mountains will loom made of a fallen planet, against what is past and what is to pass youth defends itself, austere as the sundust, in love neither with good nor with evil, all tossed under your immense feet, so that you may crush it, so that you may step on it, so that your breath move the wheel and a frail structure shake with motion, so that you give to it hunger and to others wine, salt, and bread.
What was it, what is it, what will it be we filled the world with our cry and calling. The dawn is back, the red moon set, do we know now? In a heavy ship A helmsman comes, throws a silken rope and binds us tightly to each other, then he pours on friends, once enemies, a handful of snow. Wilno, 1935 [ 22 R E S C U E (Ocalenie) 1945 BALLAD 0 F LEVALLO I S -barracks for the unemployed in Levallois-Perret, 1935 0 God, have mercy on Levallois, Look under these chestnut trees poisoned with smoke, Give a moment ofjoy to the weak and the drunk, 0 God, have mercy on Levallois.
Love is sand swallowed by parched lips. Hatred is a salty jug offered to the thirsty. Roll on, rivers; raise your hands, cities! I, a faithful son of the black earth, shall return to the black earth. as if my life had not been, as if not my heart, not my blood, not my duration had created words and songs but an unknown, impersonal voice, only the flapping of waves, only the choir of winds and the autumnal sway of the tall trees. There is no one between you and me and to me strength is given. White mountains graze on terrestrial plains, to the sea they go, their watering place, new and new, suns lean over a valley of a small, dark river where I was born.