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Book of the Week: Mojave

bover_mojaveAugust Bover is a well-known Catalan poet who, inspired by a conversation with Gerald Vizenor, wrote this short set of sequences (Papers de Terramar, 2006) of solidarity with Native American issues. We offer the complete Section III. English translation by Mary Ann Newman.

You can read the entire book in the THF Digital Library.

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Haiku featured in the Book of the Week Archive are selected by Jim Kacian, and are used with permission.

Beyond the destiny the movies plot for you: farther paths. Like the shaman who called for rain, you dance to life. Telling the young of the times you knew, you become their roots. And you give them voice in the song of memory, in all the old words . . . Smoke signals? In front of the screen, your people on-line.

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  1. Thank you !
    So great to read and learn about the depth of life around the world!

    “The color of thirst is white
    the great chiefs return
    Telling the young
    …of their roots”

  2. Excellent read. I really enjoyed these strong poems. I love the whole genesis behind this book. That a poet is moved to respond to someone’s life stories. I think some of our best work comes from exactly this kind of empathy and identification.

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