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

In the Drying Shed of Souls

From the Spanish.    Drips drips drips drips drips drips the cytostatic IV the veinburster cr  ush   ing    you slowly s l o w l y while next to you someone talks about decline about time about the endless crisis the nation finds itself in and behind the nervous pane it's raining still the water doesn't cleanse or cure the expression of life or death in faces and some kids seem happy beneath the drizzle not thinking how much pain there is only a few meters away from them only a few meters away everyone's stopped crying eyes have dried in the drying shed of souls drips drips drips the cytostatic IV toward the limbs that desert horizontally eating away at flesh and spirit drips toward the spirit and shadows trunk sprouts once more like a jagüey tree ripens its roots out in the red open drips toward the neck where your pain and mine are drawn drips drips drips and later you have no more anguish

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Leyman Perez
Leyman Pérez (Matanzas, 1976) is a poet and editor. He holds a degree in library sciences, socio-cultural studies and Cuban culture. He is managing editor of Matanzas, a journal of literature and the arts. He has published eleven books of poetry, and his work has received numerous prizes. He lives in Matanzas.
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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