An Excerpt from The Virgin Mountain

From The Virgin Mountain, by Roberto Echavarren, translated by Donald Wellman and the author.

A doll of rough wood

carved with a knife,

dressed in sky blue

red flowers with yellow center

and yellow with red center,

stars that are flowers, 

she even has panties, a small square

of cloth glued to the perineum,

shawl with embroidered edging

in zigzag, X, Greek Y,

orange and green head strap,

around her neck and that of her son

light green trimming,

one foot in the air,

the leg raised

takes a step.


The rainbow, is it a sign?

asked the enraptured English tourist;

yes, the Tarahumara woman answered: 

it’s a sign that it might rain, or not.

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