Poetry of the Earth: Mapuche Trilingual Anthology

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 Mapuche poetry has flourished in recent decades and is now one of the most compelling neighbourhoods of contemporary Latin American literature. Incredibly, however, much of it remains untranslated into English. Not only does this anthology correct the situation, it goes far beyond the scale of anything published before. 

Some of the most important and exciting Mapuche poets are gathered here. Providing versions of each poem in Mapudungun, Spanish and English, Poetry of the Earth demonstrates how Mapuche poetry is so much more than just a collection of poems, or an act of writing. Rather, it is an expression of a long, rich and dynamic history, which at different times and places has made use of many kinds of musical, literary and linguistic forms. 

As the poems are often operatic in their scope and register, the anthology as a whole is also a sophisticated ensemble of languages, cultures, critics and poets. Translations by Mapuche and Settler Chileans meet the translations of Chileans and Australians on the other side of the Pacific Ocean. Then, Aboriginal, Mapuche and Settler scholars provide extremely useful introductory essays. 

Poetry of the Earth is a remarkable example of Australian-Chilean resonance, and of the shared history of European colonisation of indigenous peoples around the world. This is not just an anthology of poetry from a distant land and language; it’s an illustration of a vital, trans-Pacific force. 

- Stuart Cooke, Griffith University

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 Jaime Luis Huenún was born in Valdivia, Región de los Ríos, in 1967. He is a Mapuche-Huilliche poet and writer. He has published the following books of poetry: Ceremonias (Editorial de la U. de Santiago, 1999), Puerto Trakl (Lom Ediciones, 2001), Port Trakl (edición norteamericana de la editorial ActionBooks, Indiana, 2008), Reducciones (Lom Ediciones, 2012), Porto Trakl (Italian edition by the publisher In forma di parole, Bologna, Italia, 2013) and Ko fenten püllu, mapu fentén püllu / Espíritus del agua y de la tierra: Teatro mapuche para niños (Mineduc, 2013).  He has also published the anthologies Epu mari ülkantufe ta fachantü/ 20 poetas mapuches contemporáneos (Lom Ediciones, 2003), La memoria iluminada: poesía mapuche contemporánea (Cedma, Málaga, España, 2007), Los cantos ocultos: poesía indígena latinoamericana contemporánea (Lom Ediciones, 2008) and Rayengey ti dungun/ La palabra es la flor: antología de poesía mapuche para niños (Mineduc, 2011). His poetry has been translated into English, German, French, Dutch, Italian and Catalán. He has been invited to readings and poetry festivals in the USA, Mexico, Spain, Argentina, Ecuador, Columbia, Peru, Nicaragua, England, Ireland and Germany. He won the inaugural Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize, presented by the Pablo Neruda Poetry Foundation in 2003. He won a Guggenheim Scholarship from New York in 2005. The National Council of the Book and Reading awarded him the prize for the best poetry book published in Chile for his book Reducciones in 2013. He teaches in the Universidad Diego Portales de Santagio and directs Ediciones Konünwenu, an Indigenous publishing house in Chile.

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Dec 9, 2014
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Foreign Language Study / Miscellaneous
Foreign Language Study / Spanish
Literary Criticism / Poetry
Poetry / Anthologies (multiple authors)
Poetry / Caribbean & Latin American
Poetry / European / Spanish & Portuguese
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