Spring 2006 • Vol. XXVIII No. 2 Poetry |

Marco Polo’s Dilemma

Translated from the Spanish.   For Margaret Randall   I've seen something of the worldManagua's dust stormsthe bare snowon the pines along the road to Smolyanand the flags arguing atop the towerof the University of Puerto Rico I've seen something of the worldPalenque's bewitched stonesthe bay of honeyforgotten by summer at Ponta Delgadaand the Red SquareKandinsky painted I've seen something of the worldand it only heightens my pain             Nothing belongs to me

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Víctor Rodríguez Núñez is one of Cuba's most outstanding contemporary writers. He has published more than thirty books of poetry throughout Latin America and Europe and has received major awards all over the Spanish-speaking world. He divides his time between Gambier, Ohio, where he is professor of Spanish at Kenyon College, and Havana, Cuba.
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Katherine M. Hedeen is the poetry in translation editor for the Kenyon Review and the associate editor of Action Books.  She is a two-time recipient of a NEA Translation Project Grant, she is a professor of Spanish at Kenyon College.

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