Salvador Novo (1904-1974): LITERACY CAMPAIGN – of the minister [and poet] J. Torres Bodet

Translated by Timothy Adès

LA CAMPAÑA DE ALFABETISACIÓN
del ministro Jaime 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!

Translation: Copyright © Timothy Adès

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