Jan/Feb 2018 • Vol. XL No. 1 Generation Zero: New Cuban Poetry |

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From the Spanish.    the getting off i do waiting for Godot smells like mackerel in tomato sauce without tomato or oil or basil or low flame or high flame emotionally worse than getting off at two in the morning wanting to ring the doorbells of all the doors in my building and at each door to ask for a match to light the stove each day of this year when my thirtieth birthday is observed i'd lie if it would prove getting off while waiting can make me happy turn me back into a woman with tomato and with oil and with basil and certainly with mackerels everywhere in my body and mind and spirit i'd lie if it would prove that by moving a finger slow fast slow i'd forget what i have to do from now on i'd lie if my spirit imagined one day in this surprising year when something already said in other lines is observedGodot returned being himself and being everything i needed

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Legna Rodriguez Iglesias
Legna Rodríguez Iglesias (Camagüey, 1984) is a poet, prose writer, and playwright. She has four books of poetry, the latest being Hilo + Hilo (2015). She has received the Julio Cortázar Ibero-American Short Story Prize in 2011 and the Casa de Las Américas Prize in Theater in 2016. She lives in Miami.
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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.
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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