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LA CAMPAÑA DE ALFABETISACIÓN

Salvador Novo (1904-74)

Translated by Timothy Adès

LITERACY CAMPAIGN
of the minister [and poet] J. Torres Bodet

Exclamó la comunidat
al escuchar la novedat:
¿Dejar de ser analfabet
para leer a Torres Bodet?
¡Qué atrocidat!
Said the community
Hearing the news of it –
Mayn’t we be quaintly illiterate yet?
What a calamity
Learning the alphabet
All for the poems of Torres Bodet!
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