Doveglion: Collected Poems (Penguin Classics)

  • Published date: March 16, 2018

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Doveglion (Villa's pen name for dove, eagle, and lion) contains Villa's collected poetry, including rare and previously unpublished material.

About the author: 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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