We round up a list of female poets that have produced collections and works that give a glimpse into the experiences of being a Filipina woman.
Although some may consider poetry an old-fashioned practice and genre, the Philippines boasts a deep history of lyricism and literature. Browse through our list to see which Filipina writers to add to your reading list this 2021:
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1. Ophelia Dimalanta
Perhaps one of the country’s most renowned female poets is Ophelia Dimalanta. Fondly remembered for her works Flowing On (1988), Love Woman (1998), and Lady Polyester: Poems Past and Present (1993), she has been a vanguard for Thomasian writers in the Philippines.
For Dimalanta, erotic pieces mean so much more than what the public perceives. Her works prove that it takes sensible ideas and good command of language to create effective works. She was once quoted in an article by The Varsitarian, “eroticism can be applied if it is functional; if it is important to what you are writing about”. The much-anthologised poet had passed away at the age of 76 but she left an irreplaceable mark in the local poetry scene.
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