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The Colors of the Earth: Nature and Landscape in the Poetry of Joy Harjo and Humberto Ak' Abal

From: Journal of the Southwest
Volume 49, Number 4, Winter 2007
pp. 585-601 | 10.1353/jsw.2007.0011

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The Colors of the Earth:
Nature and Landscape in the Poetry of Joy Harjo and Humberto Ak' Abal
Emanuela Jossa

Emanuela Jossa teaches Latin American literature at the University of Calabria.


1. All translations from Ak' Abal are mine.

2. “Today I woke up outside of me / and went out in search of myself” (“Hoy,” in Ak' Abal, Ajkem Tzij 89).

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