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Chiapas Maya Awakening: Contemporary Poems and Short Stories

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Mexico’s indigenous people speak a number of rich and complex languages today, as they did before the arrival of the Spanish. Yet a common misperception is that Mayas have no languages of their own, only dialectos, and therefore live in silence. In reality, contemporary Mayas are anything but voiceless. Chiapas Maya Awakening, a collection of poems and short stories by
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Paperback, 200 pages
Published January 13th 2017 by University of Oklahoma Press
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"Images from nature populate the poetry, along with a pensive longing for traditions. Some of the poems by María Concepción Bautista Vázquez are weaker, as their melopoeia can’t be re-created; however, when she uses anaphora, as in the poem “I Am,” the reader can glimpse into the crackling hearth of her imagination, as she finds herself reflected in the “hummingbird” or in the “cricket at night.” The stunning phanopoeia in Bolom Pale’s poetry reveals a great talent." - Anthony Seidman

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