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Flower and Song

Poems of the Aztec Peoples

Translated by Edward Kissam and Michael Schmidt

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ISBN: 978 0 856460 18 0
Imprint: Anvil Press Poetry
Published: June 1997
230 x 150 x 8 mm
144 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • ‘ Flower and song’ was the Mexican Aztecs’ metaphor for poetry. Their brilliant poetic tradition has remained relatively unknown, despite the pioneering work of recent scholars. Edward Kissam and Michael Schmidt are fine poets who have both lived in Mexico; their versions recreate the many facets of that extraordinary society before the Spanish Conquest. They give us powerful echoes of the lyrical and philosophical songs, the songs of rejoicing, sorrow, ritual and war, and the epics of myth and legend. The authors trace the background to this material in their introduction, and the book also contains an appendix of poems from contemporary oral tradition.

    Edward Kissam
    Edward Kissam, born in Florida in 1943, spent his formative years in Mexico. He studied at Princeton and at Magdalen College, Oxford, before returning to graduate studies at the State University of New York at Buffalo. His collections of poems are The Sham Flyers (1969) and Jerusalem and The People ... read more
    Michael Schmidt
    Michael Schmidt FRSL, poet, scholar, critic and translator, was born in Mexico in 1947; he studied at Harvard and at Wadham College, Oxford, before settling in England. Among his many publications are several collections of poems and a novel, The Colonist (1981), about a boy’s childhood in Mexico. He is general ... read more
    Awards won by Michael Schmidt Winner, 2016 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem - Sasha Dugdale's 'Joy', published in PN Review 227  (PN Review 227 )
    Praise for Michael Schmidt '...probably the most informative and entertaining poetry journal in the English-speaking world.'
    John Ashbery
     'The most engaged, challenging and serious-minded of all the UK's poetry magazines.'
    Simon Armitage
    'It has attempted to take poetry out of the backwaters of intellectual life and to find in it again the crucial index of cultural health.'
    Cairns Craig, Times Literary Supplement
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