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

Mother

From the Spanish.    my mother goes soft listening to a xylophone. according to the dictio- nary: musical instrument in the percussion family, made of wooden bars. the xylophone, not my mother. but if my mother wants to she turns into an instrument, she turns musical, she turns percussive, she pulls off a bar and gives me a beating that makes me go soft. it's all about suggesting it like Beethoven's father, who couldn't have been that bad when the son was so good. Beethoven's thing was the piano; his father's musical education. a xylophone looks like a piano. the xylophone, not my mother. but if my mother wants to she turns into a piano and she lets the lid fall on my fingers so i'm piano, so i'll never be able to come back from going soft, like Beethoven's father would do it. or even better. like the poet's mother does.

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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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