Marjorie Evasco

Marjorie Evasco was born in Tagbilaran City on the island of Bohol in the Visayas, the central part of the Philippine archipelago. Evasco writes poetry in two languages, English and Cebuano-Visayan. Her two books of poems, Dreamweavers: Selected Poems 1976-1986 (1986) and Ochre Tones: Poems in English and Cebuano (1999) both won the National Book Award for Poetry from the Manila Critics’ Circle. In 2006, Marjorie’s book Ani: The Life and Art of Hermogena Borja Lungay won the Alfredo Ongpin National Book Award on Art from the Manila Critics Circle. She has received various writing residencies and grants, including the Rockefeller Foundation writing residency in Villa Serbelloni in Bellagio, Italy (1992) and the International Writing Program of the University of Iowa, U.S.A. (2002). Her poems have been translated into German, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Kannada, Romanian, Vietnamese and Estonian.

Farol de Combate

for Marc This is how, while darkness drew my profile with its little finger I have learned to see past as Montale saw it, The obscure thoughts of God descending among a child’s drum beats, over you, over me, over …

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Three Poems by Marjorie Evasco

From my first collection, Dreamweavers, to the new work in two forthcoming collections, It is time to come home and Fishes of light / Peces de luz (with Cuban poet Alex Fleites), I continue to be fascinated by the tension …

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