Poetry of the Earth: Mapuche Trilingual Anthology
Dealing with themes of Chilean nationalism and Western settlement, Poetry of the Earth will resonate with Indigenous peoples and their struggles around the world. The poets present questions about far-reaching, human themes: injustice, life, death, love, struggle and reconciliati... read full description below.
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Poetry of the Earth: Mapuche Trilingual Anthology is a remarkable collection of poetry in Mapudugun, Spanish and English that explores Mapuche culture and literature.
The Mapuche are a Chilean Indigenous group, and today the traditional Mapuche language, Mapudugun (the language of the Earth), and literature still remain largely untranslated. Poetry of the Earth presents a small offering of Mapuche poetry, where the powers of the landscape and the word are deeply rooted in mythical beings and current political conflicts.
In Poetry of the Earth, works from seven Mapuche poets have been compiled by editor Jaime Luis Huenun, along with Steve Brock, Victor Cifuentes Palacios, Juan Garrido Salgado and Sergio Holas, and translated from Spanish to Mapudugun, and Spanish to English. Publishing each poem in all three languages is a testament to the complex identity of the Mapuche society and history.
Dealing with themes of Chilean nationalism and Western settlement, Poetry of the Earth will resonate with Indigenous peoples and their struggles around the world. The poets present questions about far-reaching, human themes: injustice, life, death, love, struggle and reconciliation, and reflect the challenges faced by colonised Indigenous peoples.
Fitting within the contemporary Latin American literature scene, the anthology combines an ensemble of languages, cultures, and literary forms into a remarkable ensemble. Here, Mapuche poetry finally meets the larger world, and the words of the Mapuche, once invisible to the wider goal audience, are brought into contemporary literature.
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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
If you long for a textual world to lose yourself in, then this anthology will enable you to slip-off the garments of your material being, and share the Mapuche visions naked and divine, of lands and tongues, unwilling to surrender or recognise that the deplorable history of colonialism has been absolute.
Poetry of the Earth is part of an awakening of pride in Indigenous culture, for it speaks from a language that, although fragile in 'Western' terms, is embedded in the landscape, air, and water of Mapuche dreamscapes and will always resonate with power, resilience and wonderment.
- Samuel Wagan Watson, author, Love Poems and Death Threats
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