Doveglion: Collected Poems

Jose Garcia Villa - Author

John Edwin Cowen - Editor

Luis H. Francia - Introduction by

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ISBN 9780143105350 | 304 pages | 29 Jul 2008 | Penguin Classics | 8.26 x 5.23in | 18 - AND UP
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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Doveglion (Villa’s pen name—for dove, eagle, and lion) contains Villa’s collected poetry, including rare and previously unpublished material.

“ 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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