The Birth of Huitzilopochtli

Information on original text. The manuscript known as the Florentine Codex is a three-volume copy of a Nahuatl-Spanish bilingual work titled Historia general de las cosas de Nueva España housed in the Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana library in Florence. The 2400-page ethnography is the result of decades of research conducted by…

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Online Classical Nahuatl Class

I’m launching my Fall 2018 on-line Classical Nahuatl course on September 19. If that sounds at all interesting, here’s a basic overview of how the class will work. Basic Classical Nahuatl 101 is a thirteen-module, self-paced course that requires no previous knowledge of the language. Each module consists of four elements:…

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Translations Published in Newfound

Volume 8 of the journal Newfound contains two poems from the codex Cantares mexicanos that I translated from Nahuatl to English. Translation: Cantares Mexicanos  

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Anti-Trump Nahuatl at The JMLR

As part of the linguistic resistance, my Anti-Trump Nahuatl glossary is now up at The Jewish Mexican Literary Review. http://www.thejmlr.com/nahuatltrump/  

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Nahuatl Translations in Asymptote

Appearing in the latest edition of the journal Asymptote are my English translations of two Nahuatl poems from the Aztec codex Songs of Mexico (Cantares mexicanos). You can read them, peruse the original Nahuatl text, and listen to me read one of them in that indigenous language here.  

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A Cradlesong

The journal Metamorphoses published “A Cradlesong,” my translation of “Cōzolcuīcatl” (the 57th selection in the Aztec codex Songs of Mexico) in its spring 2015 edition. In the long sequence, a young Mexica girl envisions the fallen young king of Tenochtitlan, Ahuizotl, as a baby, youth and man, her musings running from motherly affection…

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Translations to appear in Asymptote

I was pleased to learn that my translations of songs V and VI of the Aztec codex Cantares Mexicanos will be published in an upcoming number of the journal Asymptote.    

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Where All Debts Are Paid

Where All Debts Are Paid (originally published in the Fall 2014 edition of Huizache) 1 The Dilemma What passions roil within me Whenever I recite, my friends! I drag my heart round And round this earth, Sketching with words Every stopping place.  

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Translations in Somos en escrito

The on-line magazine Somos en escrito has published three translations of mine from Classical Nahuatl into English and Spanish. You can read them now by heading over to that website.  

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“Cradlesong” to be published in Metamorphoses

I’m delighted that the journal Metamorphoses has accepted “A Cradlesong,” my translation from the Nahuatl of “Cōzolcuīcatl,” poem LVII of the Songs of Mexico codex composed in 1585. In the 800-word sequence, a young Mexica girl envisions the fallen young king of Tenochtitlan, Ahuizotl, as a baby, youth and man,…

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