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Rational Animal

I did not meet Maya K’iche’ poet Pablo García in person; rather, as with a number of other poets whose work I have translated, my first contact with him was in a bookstore, where I read his poems aloud to myself in Spanish. I had come across his bilingual K’iche’-Spanish book, B’ixonik tzij kech juk’ulaj kaminaqib’/Canto palabra de una pareja de muertos (F&G Editores, 2009) at a conference on Maya literature in Guatemala City to which I...

Dreamhouse

Note: This poem was originally written in Yucatecan Maya. Child Little brother Jaguar race of the indomitable mystical spirit your strength is of the earth the sun the water the air and the fire emerging from your breast your eyes and your hands The power of your soul Comes from the...

Alux

Note: The work was written originally in Yucatecan Maya, the most widely spoken indigenous language in Mexico. Miguel Angel May May, the writer and cultural leader, has been responsible for the formation of organizations of Maya writers and scholars and is responsible for much of the resurgence of interest in the language and culture on the Yucatán peninsula. Many other people work with him, including professors at the Autonomous University of Yucatán such as Alejandra...

Poverty

Note: This piece was originally written in Yucatecan Maya, and was probably adapted from the oral tradition. The Maya to Spanish translation was done in a collaboration with Miguel Angel May May, Santiago Domínguez Aké and Joaquín Bestard. The three translators from Maya to Spanish are among the best known writers and translators of Yucatecan Maya. Miguel Angel May May, himself a widely published writer in Maya, Spanish and English, is also one of the leading...

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