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Great News for Colombian Literature

Stop what you are doing and read this name very slowly: Tomás González. It is the sound of the future of Colombian literature. Mr. González’s first novel, “In the Beginning Was the Sea,” recently translated into English, was shortlisted for The Independent’s 2015 foreign fiction prize. The Independent is one of Britain’s premier newspapers. Heavyweights such […]

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It Existed

This post was written from Roldanillo, Colombia, a tiny town toward the west of the country.  I was there all week attending the Colombian Women Poets Festival for the first time ever. So I had time for a quick post featuring U.S. Poet Laureate Mark Strand, taken a few months ago in a páramo, a cloud forest located […]

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Not again

Taken at 11,480 feet above sea level, this photo joins two unexpected sights: a most casual Mark Strand poem and a huge boulder covered in minute bright red moss. Read La Calera 2013 Related articles Lunch in the pueblo (bienvenidoalatierrita.wordpress.com)

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El Dorado, unwakened

The silver blue horizontal slice between the mountains in the picture above is Colombia’s Guatavita Lake, better known as El Dorado. The legend that its bottom is heavy with treasure arose when the conquering Spaniards learned that the then-native Chibchas sunk gold there as an offering to the gods. The actual gold found at Guatavita […]

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