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

The Stationary Man

From the Spanish.    Birds quickly lose their fear and learn to perch alongside concrete cats. Birds that have never seen a real forest with firs, cypresses, or poplars. Fragile city beings. Night surprises them on the eaves of tall buildings, beneath factory smokestacks, or on those trees that grow next to busy freeways. Still along with the concrete cats on some rooftops have begun to appear motionless birds, putting up with rain and winter a sign of lingering birdsong. And soon we'll surely see how iron trees show up in our yards. With hurricane-proof branches. (Couples no longer to carve their names in the bark). What of the sad birds that have never seen a forest with firs, cypresses, or poplars? The birds that grew up in metallic filament nests? Their dreams of waking on the fragrant branch of an acacia, an actual tree, a forest surrounding to protect their chicks? I see the birds perching alongside concrete cats while the statue of a man

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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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