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The Black Flower and Other Zapotec Poems

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By Natalia Toledo

Translated from the Spanish and Isthmus Zapotec by Clare Sullivan

Featuring a preface by Esther Allen

Natalia Toledo’s The Black Flower and Other Zapotec Poems, in an award-winning translation by Clare Sullivan, describes contemporary Isthmus Zapotec life in lush, sensual detail.

Published: November 10, 2015

Paperback:9781939419460

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Natalia Toledo’s The Black Flower and Other Zapotec Poems, with an award-winning translation by Clare Sullivan, describes contemporary Isthmus Zapotec life in lush, sensual detail. In Toledo’s poems of love and loss the world’s population turns into fish, death is a cricket, and naked women are made of wet magma. The Black Flower won the Nezhualcóyotl Prize, Mexico’s highest honor for indigenous-language literature, in 2004.

Finalist for the 2016 National Translation Award
Longlisted for the 2016 Best Translated Book Award

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“…this collection is clearly the result of intense and masterful poet/translator collaboration, and it is a collection which I will surely revisit for years to come.” -Katrine Øgaard Jensen, Three Percent at University of Rochester