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

The Truck Driver and Me

From the Spanish.    the first time i heard a poem, a poem by Charles Bukowski, was in the cab of a truck. it was a radio program and the truck driver turned up the volume. i thought, this jerk is going to turn off the radio any second. but the truck driver kept listening. the Bukowski thing was incredible: he spoke somewhat proudly about his father getting drunk and beating him. it seemed like what he was saying was that drunken bouts and beatings hadn't been able to ruin him, Charles Bukowski. later on they played music and the truck driver put on his sunglasses. these radio programs, he growled, are pointless. the first time i heard a poem, a poem by Charles Bukowski, was when i was going home. sometimes a truck driver can fool us.

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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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