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Friday, December 28, 2012

Leading Black Ecuadorian Poet
















Antonio Preciado Bedoya, born in Esmeraldas, Ecuador in 1941, is the leading black Ecuadorian poet. He is currently Ecuador's Minister of Culture, and is a politically committed contributor to multiculturalism in Ecuadorian literature. His work reinvents the heritage of poor, oral black poets and contributes a sympathetic view to further support the ideas of Franz Fanon, Malcom X, and Martin Luther King.


Barrio de los negros de calles oscuras     
Black ghetto of dark streets bursting with spooks
preñadas de espantos que llevan, que asustan que paran los pelos
that carry, that frighten that make hairs stand
en noches sin luna          
on moonless nights

Barrio encendido de noche y de día           
Inflamed ghetto by night and day
infierno moreno envuelto en las llamas          
black hell enveloped in the flames
de son y alegría
 of rhythm and happiness 

~~Antonio Preciado Bedoya