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Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Sapphics (with a translation in Italian by Ute Margaret Saine and Antonio Blunda)

Sapphics I


O my heart whose fire
is cocooned in my darkness
open so beautifully
for a love divine!

O my soul whose brilliance
is hidden in a rose
burnen O burnen
for a beauty divine!


the heart is a face
whose eyes are brighter than God’s
first bright scallywag

the heart is a who
whose inmost is the cause of
man’s immortal woes


the sun went down
and as i stroll along
the silent ground
i heard the song
of the low rushing wind

the twilight hour
filled with balsam air
eased the burden
of my searching soul

tonight i will sleep alone
the sins of your lips
burning on my skin

(Philippine Graphic Magazine, June 5, 2006)



O cuore mio cui fuoco è avvolto
nel bozzolo della mia oscurità
apriti così bello
per un amore divino!

O anima mia la cui brillantezza
è nascosta in una rosa
brucia O brucia
per la divina bellezza!


il cuore è un volto
dagli occhi più luminosi di quel primo
furfante luminoso di Dio

il cuore è un essere
cui essenza è la causa
d’immortali guai umani


il sole è tramontato
ed io passeggio
per la terra silenziosa
ascoltavo la canzone
del basso vento affrettato

l’ora crepuscolare
riempita d’aria balsamica
sollevava il peso
della mia anima indagante

amata mia
stasera dormirò da solo
i peccati delle tue labbra
bruciandomi sulla pelle

(Traduzione di Ute Margaret Saine e Antonio Blunda)

permaLink | 2 comments

at 12:30 AM, March 10, 2011 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Truly wonderful! Thanks!
Adriana Scanferla-Milan -Italy

at 12:32 AM, March 10, 2011 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Truly wonderful! Thanks!

Adriana Scanferla-Milan-Italy


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Santiago B. Villafania, a bilingual Filipino poet who writes in English and in his native language of Pangasinan, is the author of poetry collections Bonsaic Verses (2012), Pinabli and Other Poems (2012), Malagilion: Sonnets tan Villanelles (2007), and Balikas na Caboloan (Voices from Caboloan, 2005) published by the National Commission for the Culture and the Arts (NCCA) under its UBOD New Authors Series. He has been published in several countries and translated into several languages. Villafania is one of the 11 Outstanding Pangasinan conferred with the 2010 ASNA Award for the Arts and Culture (literature) during the first Agew na Pangasinan and also the 430th Foundation Day of the province on April 2010. He is a member of Philippine PEN writes a regular weekly column for the Sunday Punch.



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“Santiago Villafania is a searcher with a seemingly insatiable curiosity and endurance. His quest has brought him to explore world poetry from points East and West. He is no stranger to sophisticated verse forms such the Sapphic strophe nor to the diverse permutations of the Japanese haiku. But he is not a formalist, he has daringly explored Asian and Western cultures in a very personal way and writes his mind with a daring, invigorating, aesthetically pleasing ease. In his poetry Villafania displays not only a breadth, but it feels very much like a breath of fresh air.” – Ute Margaret Saine, poet, critic, translator, past president of PEN Orange County and the former editor of the California Poetry Quarterly

“Villafania’s emergence as a poet is a fine moment to celebrate. Another voice from the regions augurs a richer body of writing that Filipinos can hold up as a mirror of our native culture.” – Bienvenido Lumbera, National Artist for Literature

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"The publication of Malagilion: Sonnets tan Villanelles by Santiago B. Villafania should be a source of rejoicing for readers of regional literatures. This second book by Pangasinan's leading poet today is impressive in both form and substance. Villafania has created 300 sonnets and 50 villanelles in his own language that attempt to reflect the primacy of native culture and return the poet to the central stage of social life."A Boost to Pangasinan Literature from Breaking Signs by Cirilo F. Bautista (Philippine Panorama, 16 Dec. 2007, pp.25-26)

"Villafania is not only a visionary poet, he is a linguistic philosopher who codifies the origin of language and culture, dissects the myths and the common beliefs of the people against the urban legends, juxtaposes the literary tradition against the modern influences by dialectically infusing them in his poetic revelation of truth."Poetic Revelation in Language and Culture by Danny C. Sillada (Manila Bulletin, 12 May 2008, pp. F1-F2)

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"Santiago Villafania's Balikas ed Caboloan certainly has reinvigorated the anlong tradition of Pangasinan that for a long period of time suffered silence from the hands of writers more attuned to English writing. Characteristically anacbanua, Villafania's poetry echoes his predecessors and presages a promising era for young writers in Pangasinan." – Dr. Marot Nelmida-Flores

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from Pangasinan 'Anlong': Oral tradition into the 21st century published in Manila Times / Sunday Magazine, March 13 & 20, 2011.

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