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

The Sorters

From the Spanish.    read in the rice the same as what blood reads in the body that can't sort a thing. They count the hard remains (clots, torn sky, splinters) that pierce the mouth with the same intensity as a root breaking through the soil fleeing the nature that lets itself be pricked by the nations dirty needle. A body headless, limbless. A trunk diseased. Earth opening the earth where Oskar Matzerath grows. The human with the fewest ashes in Auschwitz and in the Morro-Cabaña. The rice sorters sometimes don't read a thing. They come and go like autistics in search of themselves and are found in the axe to chop down freedom, in the earth opening the earth in me. Closing themselves up, closing me up. The same as what blood reads.

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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.
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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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