[Blueboard] Nick Joaquin as Poet

Department of Interdisciplinary Studies [LS] is.soh at ateneo.edu
Thu Nov 6 15:10:54 PHT 2014

The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies invites you to

*"Nick Joaquin as Poet"*

a lecture by

Gémino Abad, PhD
Professor Emeritus
University of the Philippines

on 17 November 2014 (Monday)
4:30-6:00 pm
Faura AVR

In Nick Joaquin's verses in the 1930s, one realizes that, while in the
beginning our poets wrote *in English, *their thoughts and feelings already
shaped as it were by that “imperial tongue,” later in the ‘30s and after
the War, they *wrought from* English, having as it were colonized that
language in their turn. For the writer, no language is a *given*, it is
*forged*, reinvented. Thus, Joaquin breaks away from the Romantic tradition
and makes a splendid clearing *within *English as reinvented, sinewy and
robust with original imagery and rambunctious, ironic wit. In narrative
poetry, we reach with Joaquin's *Chronicles *and *Narratives,* such as
“Canticle of the Cat King” and “El Camino Real,”  new ground, for he is a
master story teller and, first and last, a poet.

Gémino Abad is the editor of the definitive series of anthologies of
Philippine Poetry in English: *Man of Earth *(with Edna Z. Manlapaz), *A
Native Clearing*, and *A Habit of Shores*.  Himself an accomplished poet,
he is the author of *Poems and Parables*, *In Another Light*, and *All Our
Nameable Days*.

Nick Joaquin (1917-2004) is National Artist for Literature and Ramon
Magsaysay Awardee.  He is the author of *The Woman Who Had Two Navels*, *Prose
and Poems*, *Tropical Gothic*, *Tropical Baroque*, and *Collected Verses*.
 2014 is the tenth anniversary of his death and the occasion for the

RSVP 426-6001, loc. 5340.

Department of Interdisciplinary Studies
School of Humanities
2/F De La Costa Hall
Ateneo de Manila University
Loyola Heights, Quezon City
4266001 loc. 5340/5341

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