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Sunday, January 2, 2011

Centenario - Jose Maria Arguedas

2011, Centenario della nascita di Jose Maria Arguedas, here a poem

They say that we do not know anything
That we are backwardness
That our head needs changing for a better one

They say that some learned men are saying this about us
These academics who reproduce themselves
In our own lives

What is there on the banks of these rivers, Doctor?
Take out your binoculars
And your spectacles
Look if you can.
Five hundred flowers
From five hundred different types of potato
Grow on the terraces
Above abysses
That your eyes don't reach
Those five hundred flowers
Are my brain
My flesh

From: A call to certain academics by José María Arguedas, translated from the Quechua by William Rowe.