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Poems I Brought Down from the Mountain

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Poetry by Guatamalan poet, Humberto Ak'abal, a Maya-K'iche' Indian. The poems are published in their original language, and most are also translated into English. A glossary and pronunciation guide are included. ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published January 1st 1999 by Nineties Press
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David Burns
Feb 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
"Camino al revés"

De vez en cuando
camino al revés:
es mi modo de recordar.

Si caminara sólo hacia delante,
te podría contar
cómo es el olvido.

********

"Sólo quien"

Sólo quien no ha esperado
te
habla
de
paciencia

********

"Hablo"

Hablo
para taparle
la boca
al silencio.

********

"Suelta"

Hay lugares
por donde la noche
anda suelta
y uno hace cosas
que después
quisiera olvidar.

********

Poems I Brought Down from the Mountain; first read in San Andrés Itzapa, Guatemala (2002); re-read in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia (Jan/Feb 20
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M.
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite poets. I love that there are not only Spanish translations but the original Ki’che’ for some poems.
Daniel Jr.
Mar 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Profoundly beautiful. I wish it was more widely available. Say what you want about Bly's translation style, but he has tended the garden of international poetry well in bring us works by poets like Ak'abal. ...more
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A gorgeous translation!
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