An Excerpt from The Virgin Mountain
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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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The Virgin Mountain, Roberto Echavarren

Just released: The Virgin Mountain, a remarkable long poem by Uruguayan master Roberto Echavarren, translated by Donald Wellman and the author.

You don't know Latin American poetry unless you know Roberto Echavarren. The Virgin Mountain shows off his wit and innovation, his neo-baroque style blended seamlessly with surrealism, translated beautifully by Donald Wellman in collaboration with the multilingual author. Step into this long poem, and the way you see gender, nature, history—the world—will be transformed forever.
Jesse Lee Kercheval, Dorset Prize winning author of America That Island Off the Coast of France

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