Finalist for Translation Award

I am excited to announce that the Texas Institute of Letters has selected my book Flower, Song, Dance: Aztec and Mayan Poetry as a finalist for the Soeurette Diehl Fraser Award for Best Translation. On April 5, at the TIL annual banquet, the institute will announce the winner and present…

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“Curriculum” by Mario Benedetti

Mario Benedetti was a prolific Uruguayan writer and poet. The tale is very simple you are born you contemplate afflicted the reddish blue of the sky the bird that emigrates the clumsy beetle that your shoe will smash bravely you suffer you cry for food and out of habit because…

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“Alhambra” by Jorge Luis Borges

Qal‘at al-Ḥamra, known by the Spaniards as Alhambra, was a Moorish fortress and castle in Granada that was captured during the Catholic Reconquista. Pleasant the voice of the water to those wearied by black sand, pleasant to the concave hand the curving marble of the column, pleasant the delicate labyrinths…

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“I Like It When You’re Silent” by Pablo Neruda

Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, winner of the 1971 Nobel Prize for Literature, is probably one of the most well-known poets in the world. This is one of his most popular poems. I like it when you’re silent, for you seem as if you’re gone, and you hear me from afar,…

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Rumi—Ruba’i 6

Rumi is the name by which we remember Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhī, known also as Molavi or Molānā (“Master”). He was a 13th-century Persian poet and mystic of the Sufi tradition. His ecstatic poems about love and union with God have been widely translated. Below is one of his hundreds…

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Rumi—Ruba’i 1441

Rumi is the name by which we remember Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhī, known also as Molavi or Molānā (“Master”). He was a 13th-century Persian poet and mystic of the Sufi tradition. His ecstatic poems about love and union with God have been widely translated. Below is one of his hundreds…

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Rumi—Ruba’i 14

Rumi is the name by which we remember Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhī, known also as Molavi or Molānā (“Master”). He was a 13th-century Persian poet and mystic of the Sufi tradition. His ecstatic poems about love and union with God have been widely translated. Below is one of his hundreds…

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Appearing on Monsters and Mysteries in America

I will be appearing in this Friday’s episode of Monsters and Mysteries in America, which features tales of flying humanoids. Be sure to tune in to check out my commentary and the recreation of my Creature Feature tale “The Big Bird,” a spine-tingling Valley legend from 1976. The program airs…

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Review of Flower, Song, Dance in Pleiades

I’m pleased and honored that the latest edition of Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing features a review of Flower, Song, Dance: Aztec and Mayan Poetry.  Click on the links below for scans of the journal. Part 1 of the review Part 2 of the review      

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“Abandoned Anniversary” Accepted for Publication

My poem “Abandoned Anniversary” will be appearing in the February 2014 edition of Red River Review.  

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