FILIPINO POETRY AND MARTIAL LAW 1970-1978:
Clenched Fists and Yellow Ribbons

Author: Santiago, Lilia Quindoza
Year:2016
Pages:368
ISBN:1-4955-0443-3
978-1-4955-0443-3
Price:239.95
The Marcos dictatorship that ruled the Philippines from 1965-1986 produced a wealth of art and literature dedicated to dismantling an unjust social order. This book documents and describes that work through the poets engaged in the narratives of the complex tensions of power and resistance of that era.

Reviews

“Lilia Quindoza Santiago, herself a poet, creative writer and political detainee has put together a significant contribution to the existing literature on the darkest side of Philippine history in recent decades…Santiago’s volume reminds us of the struggles of poets, writers, artists, intellectuals, cultural workers and other groups in the shadows who came together to pull off “people power” the Filipino contribution to the theory of modern revolutions.”
-Dr. Belinda A. Aquino,
University of Hawaii, Manoa


“Literature and other cultural forms of creativity have a long history of opposing tyranny in the Philippines. There is also an equally long history of authors and performers being persecuted for their work being seditious, libelous or treasonous…it is resistance through poetry that Santiago surveys and analyzes.”
-Dr. Lance D. Collins,
Exec. Dir. Hawai’i Institute for Philippine Studies


Table of Contents

Prologue by Belinda A. Aquino
Acknowledgments/Introduction
Chapter 1: Poetry and the State
On Plato and Poets in the Republic
LuXun’s Literary Movement
Mao Ze Dong’s Talk at the Yenan Forum on Art and Literature
Sartre: What is Literature?
Socially Engaged and Committed Literature
Philippine Literature and the State
The literature of protests
Chapter 2: Writers in Turbulence
The ‘Second Propaganda Movement’
Literatures in Social Crisis
The Question of Languages
Chapter 3: Because We Love: Tagalog Poetry in Diverse Traditions
Balagtasism and Modernism
The Shift to Radicalism
The Poetry after 1081
Feminists Rising: The Personal is Political
Chapter 4: Colonizing English: Resistance Poetry in the Language of the Empire
Philippine Poetic Experience in the English Language
A Renewed Literary Debate: Art for Art’s Sake or Art as Social Engagement
Lamentations for Mindanao
The Yellow Poets
Chapter 5: Ilokano Folk and Patriotic Verse against Fascism
Isabelo de los Reyes and the Fold Tradition
Historical Periods in Ilokano Literature
Upholding Rebellion and Resistance
Patriotism from the North
Conclusion Rendering Nation” Philippine Poetics for the 21st Century
Poetry and a Platform for Change
Poetry as Catalyst for Social Change
Poetry in the Building of the Modern Filipino Nation’
Poet as Steward of the State
The Poet as Chronicler/Historian
The Poet as Healer/ Magician
Rendering a Nation: Fostering a National Spirit
Epilogo (Epilogue) Reuel Molina Aguila
Ginintauang Yugto (A Golden Moment)
Selected Poems
I. POEMS IN FILIPPINO/ TAGALOG

Reuel Molina Aguila – TAGHOY NG ISANG TAGALUNSOD (Lament of a City Dweller)
Jose F. Lacaba – PASYONG MAHAL NI SAN JOSEPH (The Sacred Passion of St. Joseph)
Marra PL. Lanot – BATAS MILITAR (Martial Law)
Ricardo Lee – ALAMAT (Legend)
Ruth Elynia S. Mabanglo – REGLA (Menstrual Rule)
Edgar B. Maranan – KUMAKA MPAY LAGI ANG TULA KONG MALAYA (Vilanelle from a Prison Window)
P.T. Martin- KAY APO IPE, TULISAN NG KABUNDUKAN (For Apo Ipe, Bandit of the Mountains)
Fidel Rillo – SAG-OD: AWIT NI MARELA (Sag-od, Marela’s Song)
Romulo A Sandoval – PAGKAT TAYO’Y NAGMAMAHAL (Because We Love)
Jesus Manuel Santiago – KUNG ANG TULA AY ISA LAMANG (If Poetry Were Only)
Rolando S. Tinio – POSTSCRIPT (Postscript)
Virgilio V. Vitug – AKO, SI VIRGILIO V. VITUG (I, Viergilio V. Vitug)
II. POEMS IN ENGLISH
Gemino H. Abad – PARABLE OF THE FAKE MAN
Mila D. Aguilar -A COMRADE IS AS PRECIOUS AS A RICE SEEDLING
Cirilo F. Bautista – CONCERNING THE DEATH BY ASSASSINATION OF BENIGNO AQUINO JR. AUGUST 21, 1983
Ruben Cuevas – PROMETHEUS UNBOUND
Ricardo M. De Ingria – EPITHALAMIUM 22-26 February 1986
Jose A. Bragado – FILIPINAS KEN AMERIKA (The Philippines and America)
Reynaldo A. Duque – WAYA-WAYA (Freedom)
Peter La Julian – PERLITA LAGRIMAS (Perlita Lagrimas)
Pacita Cabulera Saludes – NAPATEGKA LATTA KANIAK (You Continue to Be Worthy To Me)
Francisco B. Sanchez - AMIANAN (North)
Amado I. Yoro – MANGMANGGED (Worker)
Appendix A: Paksa Resolution
Appendix B: Declaration of the Coalition of Writers and Artists for Freedom and Democracy
Bibliography
Index