Indigenous poiesis : the semiotics of circulation in Villegas' Maya Poetry

Pigott, Charles; Quetchenbach, Bernard and Fiedorczuk, Julia and Newell, Mary and Okoth, Christine, eds. (2022) Indigenous poiesis : the semiotics of circulation in Villegas' Maya Poetry. In: The Routledge Companion to Ecopoetics. Taylor and Francis (Routledge), London. (In Press)

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This chapter textually analyses the poem "Kukuláankil" / "Pulso" [Pulsation], composed bilingually in Yucatec Maya and Spanish by Mexican poet Wildernain Villegas Carrillo, and published in 2009. I will argue that the poem evinces a Maya philosophy whereby poetics emerges from a larger category of poiesis, or creative potential, as a fundamental property of nature. Through intercultural dialogue between the Maya poem and "Western" theoretical perspectives, I seek to demonstrate how "Kukuláankil" presents poetry as emergent from wider semiotic cycles that encompass all that exists. This dialogue is itself an instance of the semiotic circulation depicted in the poem, in such a way that both the poem and the chapter depart from a basis of resonance and empathy rather than detached objectivity.


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