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Snake Poems by Francisco X. Alarcón
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Snake Poems

by Francisco X. Alarcón

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Snake Poems, by award-winning poet Francisco X. Alarcon, represents the first time a contemporary writer has returned to the Aztec heritage, empowering himself not only as a translator and commentator but as a medium in the tradition of the poet as a shaman.....Alarcon has composed a unique, tri-lingual work that combines parts of Ruiz de Alarcon's Spanish treatise, original Nahuatl incantations, and Alarcon's poems in English. Alarcon's sparse yet evocative style reveals the depth and endurance of an ancestral world view and its significance to the renewed consciousness of contemporary indigenous peoples."

For anyone interested in the Aztec people or in the poetry of chants, spells, and invocations of indian peoples--or, simply in ancient cultures, this is a worthwhile and fascinating view into an often forgotten people. Recommended. ( )
  whitewavedarling | Jul 27, 2010 |
Volume of mostly short, simple, but enjoyable and memorable (if sometimes a tad over-earnest) poems, interspersed with ‘chants, spells and invocations’ in Nahuatl, (with verse translations in English), drawn from a treatise compiled in mid-17th-Century New Spain by Hernando Ruiz de Alarcón, sections of whose Spanish commentary are also quoted, again, with English translations, making for a rich trilingual mixture.
  misteraitch | Dec 11, 2006 |
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