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

Strange Animal, Innocence

From the Spanish.    Children, if they can, grow.    —José Saramago The time comes when you discover behind the latticework of your chest the death of the old animal innocence. And you linger immersed in the exasperating whiteness of day. Limp. Watching the insane asylums go up. Like seaweed in an ocean of light. And you're the island within the island. Deprived of the gravity of vessels. Of the beautiful creatures who cross the Atlantic in their holds. Arabian horses. Greyhounds. Monkeys. Quetzals. And that strange animal captured in the confines of Bikaner. Innocence. Though heralded death still surprises. It disrupts. It forces open the cage/heart with its inner cave-ins. You come to the latticework and see the motionless animal. You grow pale. Something of you parts with it. It splinters against the stumps of the prison where you captured innocence. It's the hazard of becoming an adult. Of growing up. Landslides. Fissures. The human cyc

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Moises Mayan Fernandez
Moisés Mayán Fernández (Holguín, 1983) is a poet, prose writer, and editor. He has a degree in history from the University of Holguín and is a graduate of the Onelio Jorge Cardoso Center for Literary Education. He has published three books of poetry and has received numerous prizes for his work. He lives in Holguín.
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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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