The Poetry of Belisario Escoto

A poet from Guatemala’s Golden Age

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When I was visiting Quetzaltengango (also known as Xela or Xelaju in the local Mayan language) in Guatemala, I came across a small collection of poetry by Belisario Escoto (d. 1938), a local poet who apparently enjoyed some reknown in the early 20th century, in what was known as Guatemala’s golden age of literature. The poems are curiously limpid and…

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