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Spanish Poems Featured on Poetry Website

Indianapolis, IN, September 05, 2008 --( A new book or category, Words of Inspiration or “Palabras de Inspiración,” is being created on the World of Word by Elias Tobias poetry weblog and one poem by Elias Tobias will be featured each week on the site.

“After living on the border of Texas for 16 years, I know that a world of Hispanic culture includes creative writing, and that in my mind, means poetry,” Tobias said. “Hispanics have a very colorful and imaginative literature tradition.”

The poems for the new book were previously published in the Spanish-language newspaper section of The Brownsville Herald in Brownsville, Texas. Each poem on the poetry weblog will be linked to its English cousin, for those who want to switch back and forth.

Reports released by the U.S. Census in August say the minorities are fast becoming the majority of people in the country, and we are becoming more ethically and racially diverse. The shift, especially in the number of children, will be Hispanic.

The Hispanic population, including immigrants and their descendants whose American roots go back several decades, are expected to nearly triple by 2050. Aside from political and economical implications, which should not be explored in this forum, the impact on the arts and literary world will be felt, also.

Armed with 30 or so poems by Elias Tobias already translated, the shift to help meet poetic needs the Hispanics world wide will be accomplished with the new book or category, “Palabras de Inspiracion,” on the World of Word by Elias Tobias poetry weblog.

Much of the credit of the new book goes to Santos Garcia, the news editor of the Spanish publication of the Brownsville Herald, who initially translated and published the poems. Sandra Toledo, a Spanish instructor has been preparing the Spanish-language pages for publication in the poetry blog.

“It takes a team. I really don’t know Spanish myself, but I want others to enjoy my work in that language,” Tobias said.

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