The Whole Island: Six Decades of Cuban Poetry

The Whole Island: Six Decades of Cuban Poetry

Mark Weiss


Cuba's cultural impression during the Western Hemisphere, and particularly within the usa, has been disproportionally huge for thus small a rustic. This landmark quantity is the 1st finished evaluation of poetry written over the last sixty years. awarded in a stunning Spanish-English en face variation, The entire Island makes on hand the spectacular fulfillment of a variety of Cuban poets, together with such recognized figures as Nicolás Guillén, José Lezama Lima, and Nancy Morejón, but in addition poets greatly learn in Spanish who stay nearly unknown to the English-speaking world—among them Fina García Marruz, José Kozer, Raúl Hernández Novás, and Ángel Escobar—and poets born because the Revolution, like Rogelio Saunders, Omar Pérez, Alessandra Molina, and Javier Marimón. The translations, just about all of them new, show the depth and wonder of the accompanying Spanish originals. With their paintings deeply rooted in Cuban tradition, lots of those poets—both off and on the island—have been on the middle of the political and social alterations of this tempestuous interval. The poems provided the following represent a necessary resource for knowing the literature and tradition of Cuba, its diaspora, and the Caribbean at huge, and supply an extraordinary viewpoint on what it ability to be Cuban.

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