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Yma Sumac is dead

What a shame. I first heard of her a few months ago, and listened to her Ultimate Connection, which is primarily Incan remnants. The songs all have names like “Virgin of the Sun God” or “Xtabay (Lure of the Unknown Love).” Sumac’s songs are filled with exotic percussion, strings, horns, and lilting flutes; all of […]

Sunstone (Piedra De Sol)

I was thrown off, initially, by the run-on, unfinished beginning of Piedra de Sol, or The Sunstone, by Octavio Paz. It’s all one jumbled sentence and it starts mid-way. I realized, when I finished reading, that the poem loops. When you get to the end, it’s not the end; Paz repeats the beginning stanza, which […]