Lorraine Caputo

The Pitajaya Fruit, Colombia, Frederic Edwin Church, 1853
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Autumn on the Altiplano

Sheening chacras of
quinoa, harvest gold, burnt
orange & scarlet.

Two young women sleep
on a low knoll near grazing
alpaca & sheep.
Their red polleras brilliant
against the yet-green pasture.

In yards bundles of
totora reeds dry in this
early autumn sun.

Poet-translator Lorraine Caputo’s works appear in over 300 journals on six continents; and 19 collections of poetry – including On Galápagos Shores (Dancing Girl Press, 2019) and Escape to the Sea (Origami Poems Project, 2021). She journeys through Latin America, listening to the voices of the pueblos and Earth.

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