Hank Heifetz is a poet, novelist, and translator from Spanish, Sanskrit, and Tamil.
 (April 2015)

Bolívar: What Price Glory?

Simón Bolívar; nineteenth-century chromolithograph
In the Complete Works of Simón Bolívar appears a prose poem so unusual that some historians have questioned its authenticity. Entitled “Mi delirio en Chimborazo” (My Rapture on Chimborazo) and dating from around 1822, it describes the ascent (certainly only partial and perhaps completely imaginary) of the Ecuadorian volcanic peak …

Mexico at War

Heroin addicts in Tijuana, Mexico, some with <i>Santa Muerte</i> (Holy Death) tattoos, June 2009
With its terrible brutality and its death toll of nearly 60,000 lives in four years, the current Mexican drug war recalls two other periods of violence across the past two centuries of Mexican history: the War of Independence of 1810–1821 (and its long aftermath in the nineteenth century) and the …