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Azril Bacal – Tankas and Haiku

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Tankas and Haiku by Azril Bacal

Azril Bacal is a Peruvian Agricultural Engineer and Sociologist. A university lecturer since 1967 in Perú (UNALM and Catholic University), México, Spain, USA (Humanities Endowement Schollar at Otterbein College, Ohio 1995), Visiting Senior Lecturer on Ethnicity at UCLA (1996) and Sweden: Retired Senior Lecturer at Karlstad University and Uppsala University (2006). Consultant-Expert at UNESCO-OREALC (Santiago de Chile) and at the Instituto Indigenista Interamericano (México) in the 1980s.

Currently, Azril is Senior Researcher affiliated to the “Instituto de la Pequeña Producción Sostenible” (IPPS) at the National Agricultural University La Molina (UNALM) in Perú.


Stockholm Black Friday

Non-violence was
raped by violence in
Stockholm last Friday
An opera on Gandhi
turned into a requiem.


I watch birds, clouds and
dreams pass while sitting in
front of the kitchen
window someone sighs
and it goes through the window



You are the rain that
drops pearls and dreams
on my kitchen garden


Spring at last with us!
the cold wind blowing harshly
dancing leaves fly



As snows continues to fall
a dog joyfully jumps up
someone silently cries


To Sibelius’ Vals Triste

So it happens that
grey days sadly intones
a mournful vals


Azril was a member of the Paulo Freire Institute and International Board Member, Currently, he is Board Member of RC-10 on “Participation, Organizational Democracy and Self-Management” (International Sociological Association). Member of the Network “Universidad y Compromiso Social,” Seville, Spain. He has published extensively on issues of education, cultural diversity, anti-racism, cultures of peace and citizenship. Amongst his publications – ‘Citizenship and National Identity in Latin America: The Persisting Salience of Race and Ethnicity’ in Oommen (ed.), Citizenship and National Identity: From Colonialism to Globalism, 1997; Ethnic Discrimination: Comparative Perspectives, Uppsala Universitet: Research Report from the Department of Sociology ,  1992; 2 ; Ethnic Discrimination in Sweden: Basic Issues and Reflections, Uppsala Universitet: Op. Cit. 1992: 53-69; From Organism to Identity: The Road from Psychology to Social-Psychology. Towards an Epistemology of Self-Determination, University of Karlstad, Department of Social Sciences, Section of Communication, Working Paper 1994; 1. Ethnic Identity Responses of Mexican Americans to Ethnic Discrimination (Gothenburg, 1994), Quality of Working Life and Democratization in Latin America (EID,1991). A poetry book “Refracciones Itinerantes” (Uppsala, 2010) – and currently in press with a second and enlarged edition, Fondo Editorial, UNALM, Perú (2017) In Press.

© Azril Bacal

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