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

Flourishing in Ruins

From the Spanish.    Indescribable love flourishing in ruins the house that in years gone by belonged to the Chinese has seen it all: beauty and fear desire is mercury you know that very well the sky in your house has risen up night after night in sequins. Let the shards of glass re-create everything like only they know how the pieces of everything wound like glass stare at me with their turkey eyes. No one ever told me this would happen the pain doubles me over with brutal elegance the world is a handkerchief with its corners folded with me there in the middle if I drink some of its wine perhaps I can sleep. Indescribable love find a reason to shield you when you get home—whatever that is for you— so it doesn't hurt so much to go out on the balcony when it's daybreak: your moment in the world. Return to the lotus and the mistletoe somewhere there's one where all sworn love kisses beneath its branches for always. I've said the forbidden words who

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Isaily Perez Gonzalez
Isaily Pérez González (Santa Clara, 1975) has published four books of poetry. Her work has appeared in influential anthologies of young Cuban poetry and has received numerous prizes, including honorable mention for the La Gaceta de Cuba Poetry Prize in 2014.
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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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