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Guatemala

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antigua,
originally uploaded by sophiev

Last December, I spent some time in Guatemala. In the bookshop off the Parque in Antigua, I came across amazing poems by Humberto Ak'abal. In Mayan K'iche', there is no verb to be and time and space are defined differently, less sequentially. You can feel this in Ak'abal's poems, which he himself translates from K'iche' into Spanish. After years of European colonisation and genocidal conditions for the indigenas in Guatemala, he's reclaiming something - not just language but a way of understanding the world.
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