Ariel Valerio

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Biography of Ariel Valerio

Ariel Valerio writes, edits, translates in English and Filipino. He graduated from the University of the Philippines Diliman with a degree in Philippine Studies. He was named Makata ng Taon (Poet of the Year) by the Linangan ng mga Wika sa Pilipinas in 1990 and by the Komisyon ng wikang Filipino in 2000. He was president of the UP Writers club, the Galian sa Arte at Tula, and the Young Critics Circle.

Ariel Valerio's Works:

.45 (collection of poems)
Hatiin Natin ang Bukas (romance novel)
Galian 7 (poetry anthology, editor)
The Literary Apprentice 1986 (literary anthology, editor)

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Nangangalirang
ang latay ng dugo sa aking kandungan,
pinapapak ng maharlikang bangis,
kinukukot na burukratang anis
akong tagasuyo ng lila, taga-unab ng bulak,
tagahabi ng sutlang ngiting gigitaw
sa mga labing pinanday ng ngitngit,
hinulma ng pasakit.

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