Unit 5 Destination Reflection - Arizona/Mexico

Please read Blas Manuel de la Luna’s poem, “Bent to the Earth.”


  • What emotions did this poem bring up for you?
  • Are there lines in the poem that especially strike you?
  • Why do you think the poet emphasizes that “There were no great truths / revealed to me then”?
  • What does this poem tell us about suffering, and about the act of bearing witness to suffering? How else might you relate it to the themes of this unit?


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