The Human Beast of Chalco

David Bowles
6 min readJun 3, 2024

The fourteenth cuicatl in Songs of the Lords of Anahuac, my English translation of the codex Romances de los señores de la Nueva España.

Ah! There above
I heard the holy hymn¹
in the home of the noble
Coacuechtli —²
Mountain trogons with paper flowers
that spread like myriad golden plumes.
Adorn yourselves with these on Earth!

Just yonder, beyond,³
poetry is spreading
in the home of the lord
Chief…

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David Bowles

A Mexican American author & translator from South Texas. Teaches literature & Nahuatl at UTRGV. President of the Texas Institute of Letters.