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

A House with No Attic

From the Spanish.    I My love, think of the advantages of living in a house with no attic: you'll never fall from the ladder, the children who like to play there won't either, you won't have to clean it, even if it's just once a year. Think of the horror of discovering rats. I don't think you could han- dle it. Besides, there's no way for families to get rid of useless things, they just leave them in the attic. An attic is useless, except for hanging on to cadavers: broken toys, wooden saints, the tree with Christmas decorations. Cadavers from lost childhood, lost faith, lost happiness. And photos, hundreds of photos in shoe boxes. II I lock myself away in the attic of a house with no attic. I lock myself away to write of life hidden from life. If they ask, tell them I've gone on a little walk. A verisimilar excuse friends will forgive. A real excuse. I prefer to stroll in winter so I only meet up with two or three people I know. Nothing personal. Th

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Sergio Garcia Zamora
Sergio García Zamora (Esperanza, 1986) is a poet, literary critic, and editor. He graduated from the Central University of Las Villas in philology. He has published eleven books of prize-winning poetry. Most recently, the Fundación Loewe awarded him their prestigious Young Poet’s Prize (2016).
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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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