Ricardo de Ungria and Philippine Poetics


  • Isabela Banzon, University of the Philippines, Diliman




Sometimes it takes a national trauma to jolt a poet out of his necessary occupation with form, and Ricardo de Ungria is no exception. De Ungria's life as a poet spans some 20 odd years, starting with the publication of his poetry book R+A+D+I+O. In the early 1980s, like most Filipinos, he found the socio-political situation in the Philippines increasingly difficult to ignore. After 1986, with the end of the Marcos dictatorship, he went to the US to work on an MFA in creative writing. In this paper, I would like to show how the Philippine situation and a transnational experience revised and redirected his view of poetry and its writing. While in the US, he was, in his words, at “a crossroads†between “place and placelessness,†a position he put to poetic advantage even after his return to the Philippines.


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Author Biography

Isabela Banzon, University of the Philippines, Diliman

Isabela Banzon teaches at the University of the Philippines Diliman. She researches creative writing and Philippine literature in English in context of other Philippine languages and Southeast Asian writing in English. In 2010 she was visiting professor in Wisconsin, USA. Her recent publications include Lola Coqueta, a book of poems.  




How to Cite

Banzon, University of the Philippines, Diliman, I. (2011). Ricardo de Ungria and Philippine Poetics. Asiatic: IIUM Journal of English Language and Literature, 5(2), 95–104. https://doi.org/10.31436/asiatic.v5i2.209