Ancient American Poets

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Bilingual Press, 2005 - Literary Criticism - 163 pages
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Poetry Anthology. Translation. ANCIENT AMERICAN POETS presents a survey of indigenous poetry that focuses on three Amerindian poets. It includes The Flower Songs by Nezahualcoyotl (Aztec), The Songs of Dzitbalche by Ah Bam (Yucataec Maya), and The Sacred Hymns of the Situa by Pachacutec (Inca), followed by biographies and commentaries on these poets' work and times. Each poem is presented in its original language and in translation. By reading this poetry and exploring the lives of the three poets, one can visualize the indigenous world in the century before the Spanish conquest and gain a view of Amerindian history radically different from its usual presentation.

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John Curl has been a member of Heartwood Cooperative Woodshop in Berkeley for over thirty years, and has belonged to numerous other cooperatives and collectives. His historical writings include the History of Work Cooperation in America (1980) and Memories of Drop City (2007), his memoir of the 1960s commune movement. He is a translator and biographer of Inca, Maya and Aztec poets in ANCIENT AMERICAN POETS (2006). His seven books of poetry include SCORCHED BIRTH, Columbus in the Bay of Pigs, and Decade: the 1990s. He is a longtime board member of PEN, chair of West Berkeley Artisans and Industrial Companies, a social activist, and has served as a city planning commissioner.

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