CAHSS Faculty Articles

Title

'Half-Velvet and Half-Trapped': R.B. Gadi's 'Song from the Juggler'

Department

Department of Literature and Modern Languages

Publication Date

6-1991

Publication Title

Philippine Quaterly of Culture and Society

ISSN

0115-0243

Volume

19

Issue/No.

2

Abstract

Excerpt

F. Sionil José deserves credit for having the insight to include two R. B. Gadi poems, 'Song from the Juggler' and Tmage of the Dancer', in his 1965 anthology Equinox I. Although as the introductory article by Andres Cristobal Cruz, 'Philippine Writing in English: A Need for Affirmation and Renewal' specifies, 'The present poets and writers, the unpublished young men and women, are pervasively subjective' (7), Gadi is so unappreciated that she is not even listed in Valeros and Valeros-Gruenberg. And although, as the contributor's notes point out, 'Rita B. Gadi....won a prize for two long poems in the Palanca Memorial Award, 1964' (José 160), she has not received the critical attention that her work merits. This becomes especially obvious if we pause to examine 'Song from the Juggler' in detail.

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