'Half-Velvet and Half-Trapped': R.B. Gadi's 'Song from the Juggler'
Department of Literature and Modern Languages
Philippine Quaterly of Culture and Society
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'Philippine Writing in English: A Need for Affirmation and Renewal' specifies, 'The present poets and writers, the unpublished young men and women, are pervasively subjective' (7), Gadi is so unappreciated that she is not even listed in Valeros and Valeros-Gruenberg.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.
Grow, L. M. (1991). 'Half-Velvet and Half-Trapped': R.B. Gadi's 'Song from the Juggler'. Philippine Quaterly of Culture and Society, 19 (2) Retrieved from https://nsuworks.nova.edu/shss_facarticles/107