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Flower, Song, Dance is an important book, so much so that I hope it becomes a fundamental text that inspires the imaginations of a wider audience to explore this vastly under appreciated part of our culture, the roots of who we are. These poems are a testament to what it means to be a human in this vastly changing world. But most of all, these poems are a genuine joy to read; while the subject matter may be a little foreign to some readers, the raw emotion, the crafted images, and the spirit they evoke are absolutely timeless -- "leaving me numb with delicious bliss," (13).
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David Bowles resides in the Río Grande Valley of south Texas with his wife and children. His collection of Mesoamerican verse FLOWER, SONG, DANCE: AZTEC AND MAYAN POETRY won the 2014 Soeurette Diehl Fraser Award for Best Translation. Bowles is author of several other books, including SHATTERING AND BRICOLAGE, THE SEED: STORIES FROM THE RIVER'S EDGE, MEXICAN BESTIARY, and CREATURE FEATURE.