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|Alaíde Foppa de Solórzano (b. 1914) – Guatemalan / Argentinian poet, human rights activist – Las Palabras y el Tiempo (1979)|
Before taking the trip that would end in her kidnapping and, as we learned years later, her death in the course of a torture session, Foppa left an amazing legacy. The last broadcast of her Foro de la Mujer, the pioneering feminist radio program in Mexico, was an interview with three young Quiche women. One of the young survivors, Guadalupe, was in reality Rigoberta Menchu. Foppa had requested the broadcast to be delayed until her return from her country, since the program testified on human rights abuses against the indigenous population by the government of Guatemala.
by Alicia Partnoy]
In Praise of My Body
1. Los Ojos / My Eyes
Mínimos lagos tranquilos / Tiny tranquil lakes
donde tiembla la chispa / where sparks quiver
de mis pupilas / in my pupils
y cabe todo / and take in
el esplendor del día / all the splendor of the day.
Límpidos espejos / Transparent mirrors
que enciende la alegría / that light the joy
de los colores. / of color.
Ventanas abiertas / Open windows
ante el lento paisaje / before the slow passage
del tiempo. / of time.
Lagos de lágrimas nutridos / Lakes of tears
y de remotos naufragios. / filled with far-off shipwrecks.
Nocturnos lagos dormidos / Sleeping night-time lakes
habitados por los sueños, / inhabited by dreams,
aún fulgurantes / still glowing
bajo los párpados cerrados. / beneath my closed eyelids.
(Read the entire poem, in Spanish, here)