Academic journal article Language Arts

Family Poems for Every Day of the Week/Poemas Familiares Para Cada Día De la Semana

Academic journal article Language Arts

Family Poems for Every Day of the Week/Poemas Familiares Para Cada Día De la Semana

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Family Poems for Every Day of the Week/Poemas familiares para cada día de la semana Written by Francisco X. Álarcán Illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez Children's Book, 2017, unpaged, ISBN 978-0-89239-275-9

Before he passed away in early 2016, acclaimed Chicano poet Francisco X. Alarcón invited us into his life, fusing the mythological origins of the days of the week with the everyday experiences of his childhood in this compendium of bilingual poems. Beginning with an author's note, Alarcón traced the evolution of the seven-day week from ancient Mesopotamia to the Roman names used today. The poems appear on the next page, recounting what his family did on each day. Beginning with the Spanish text, each day's poems are presented in pairs, with one brief poem introducing the day and connecting it to its underlying myth ("el primer día/de la semana fue/dedicado al Sol-/con familia alrededor/siempre hace sol/en domingo" and "the first day/of the week is/dedicated to the Sun-/with family around/it's always sunny/on Sunday"), while the second poem details the family activities- cuando Abuelito cuenta/como un domingo conoció/a Abuelita en México/su cara entices reluce una sonrisa radiante como el Sol" and "when Grandpa tells how/one Sunday he first met/ Grandma in Mexico/Grandpa's face/then shines with a smile/bright like the Sun"). …

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