Joropo en Barinas, Venezuela
This performance of joropo music and dancing was arranged to greet me at the small airport in Barinas, Venezuela, when I arrived as part of the 9th Annual Festival Mundial de Poesia, held in honor of poet and photographer Enrique Hernandez d'Jesus. Sorry for the confusing turns of the camera. Joropo music is played by three instruments, here as is traditional a harp, guitar, and maracas. Barinas is in the south of Venezuela and on Los Llanos (flatlands) not far from the Andes. A book of my poetry, Intencion y su materia, translated by the wonderful Mexican poet, Maria Baranda, was published by Monte Avila Editores and presented at the conference's main site in Caracas.