Winner of the 2016 ASLE Translation Grant to support the cross-cultural sharing of ecoliterature, translator Ellen Skowronski-Polito presents
Marrero Henríquez’s poetry and vision to an
Paisajes con burro /
Landscapes with Donkey
José Manuel Marrero Henríquez
In Landscapes with Donkey / Paisajes con burro, Spanish poet José Manuel Marrero Henríquez follows a gentle, gray donkey on his travels through the hillsides of the Canary Islands, an archipelago located off the western coast of Africa. This wise and thoughtful “doctor of the earth” studies the limits of ground and sky with the unique perspicuity of a donkey’s gaze.
On a journey far beyond the pasture’s horizon, the donkey, humblest of poets, takes flight to the Americas, Asia and Africa to unravel the mysteries of this transcendentally beautiful and profoundly life-giving planet we call home.