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Francisco Méndez

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Francisco Méndez

Francisco Méndez (1907-1962) grew up in the town of Joyabaj in K'iche, Guatemala and worked for several years as a schoolteacher there. He published his first poem at the age of eighteen, and moved to the city of Quetzaltenango shortly after. A self-taught poet and writer, he went on to publish numerous volumes of poetry, including the celebrated Nocturnos, and wrote for the newspaper El Imparcial from 1935 until his death. His book of memoirs and short stories, Stories of Joyabaj, was published posthumously.

Articles by Francisco Méndez

The Water Cathedral
By Francisco Méndez
On sunny mornings the walls are white wine, the columns are ginger ale, the towers are immense bottles of beer, the high steeples drip amber. Down in the naves you feel the freshness of orange-water and…
Translated from Spanish by Kristin Bengtson Mendoza
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