Poetry Friday: Animals of the Iguazú

Animal Poems of the Iguazu/ Animalario del Iguazú by Francisco X. Alarcón, illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez (Children's Book Press, 2008)My children have been asking lots of questions recently about their family history, which is in part closely connected with Uruguay and Argentina – this has led to reminiscences of a wonderful trip to the waterfalls at Iguazu and, naturally, led me to go and pull Francisco X. Alarcón’s book of Animal Poems of the Iguazú/ Animalario del Iguazú (Children’s Book Press, 2008) off the shelf. This is a vibrant book of poems, many of them quick, witty epigrams about individual rainforest species. Maya Christina Gonzalez‘ vibrant illustrations fairly zing off the page too! Here’s part of the English version of one of the longer poems, the last in the book, that brings all the animals together. It’s called “Same Green Fate”:

let’s listen to
the green voice
of the rainforest[...]

let’s learn
the distinct
living alphabets

of so many species
so many insects
and butterflies[...]

let’s make the world
a true Ybirá Retá -
a Land of the Trees

And that touch of Guaraní is echoed in the Spanish version too. Wonderful! If I close my eyes, I can relive one magical, wildlife-and-waterfall-filled early morning walk… Well, if you can’t actually be there, these poems are the next best thing!

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4 Responses to “Poetry Friday: Animals of the Iguazú”

  1. Mary Lee Says:

    How wonderful that you can relive the memory of the waterfall through POETRY!

  2. Marjorie Says:

    Yes, isn’t it – and it’s a lovely vehicle for sharing the memories with my children too!