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María Sabina: Selections (Poets for the Millennium)
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A few centuries ago, Maria Sabina would have lived, performed her healing work, and died in the Oaxacan hills of south central Mexico, renowned in her area but unknown outside it. But, born early in the twentieth century, she was at the height of her powers when cross-cultural explorers arrived in her village to record her shamanic chants, full of Catholic imagery and spoken extemporaneously under the influence of sacramental peyote. That her work should become part of the series Poets for the Millennium, a spin-off from the two-volume Poems for the Millenium (1995, 1998), seems at first odd, but ethnopoetic theorist and poet Rothenberg justifies selecting her in a compelling discussion of her complex understanding of the mushroom's healing language. Magic and poetry intersect in her worldview, which challenges the dualistic Western philosophic framework. Several prose and poetic pieces about Maria Sabina are included to flesh out the chants themselves. Patricia Monaghan
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"Ethnopoetic theorist and poet Rothenberg [presents] a compelling discussion of Sabina's complex understanding of the mushroom's healing language. Magic and Poetry intersect in her worldview."--Booklist -- Review