The Whole Island: Six Decades of Cuban Poetry, A Bilingual Anthology

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Synopsis: Cuba's cultural influence throughout the Western Hemisphere, and especially in the United States, has been disproportionally large for so small a country. This landmark volume is the first comprehensive overview of poetry written over the past sixty years. Presented in a beautiful Spanish-English en face edition, The Whole Island makes available the astonishing achievement of a wide range of Cuban poets, including such well-known figures as Nicolás Guillén, José Lezama Lima, and Nancy Morejón, but also poets widely read in Spanish who remain almost unknown to the English-speaking world—among them Fina García Marruz, José Kozer, Raúl Hernández Novás, and Ángel Escobar—and poets born since the Revolution, like Rogelio Saunders, Omar Pérez, Alessandra Molina, and Javier Marimón. The translations, almost all of them new, convey the intensity and beauty of the accompanying Spanish originals. With their work deeply rooted in Cuban culture, many of these poets—both on and off the island—have been at the center of the political and social changes of this tempestuous period. The poems offered here constitute an essential source for understanding the literature and culture of Cuba, its diaspora, and the Caribbean at large, and provide an unparalleled perspective on what it means to be Cuban.

From the Inside Flap: LA CASA DEL PAN

Entra en la nave blanca: mira la mesa donde está la harina-la harina blanca.

Fuera del pueblo, apenas tuerce el camino a la intemperie, allí está la casa del pan-la nave blanca.

Donde un negro de sonrisa vaga saca del horno las palas con el pan crujiente. Saca del horno inmenso, quieto, las palas con el pan crujiente.

¿Desde cuándo estás tú aquí-se le pregunta-, desde cuándo estás entre la harina?

Responde con veloces zumbas: desde las ceremonias y las máscaras, desde el velamen y las fugas, desde las candelillas y las máquinas, desde los circos y las flautas.

Desde que se encendió el fuego en el horno.”

THE HOUSE OF BREAD

Enter the white shop: see the table covered with flour-white flour.

Outside the town, the path barely twists towards the open air, and there it is, the house of bread-the white shop.

Where a black with a distant smile removes from the oven palettes of crusty bread. He removes the palettes of crusty bread from the enormous, quiet oven.

How long have you been here?” you ask him, how long have you spent with flour?”

He answers with ready jokes: since ceremonies and masks, since sails and escapes, since tobacco bugs and machines, since circuses and flutes.

Since they lit the fire in the oven.”

Eliseo Diego

The Whole Island is a masterwork of cartography: a map of what is, for English-language readers, an almost entirely unexplored territory, full of poets at home or in the diaspora whom we ought to know.” Eliot Weinberger

An uplifting anthology of Cuban poetry that is an excellent and timely resource for scholars and general readers alike. A worthy contribution to the canon.” Oscar Hijuelos, Pulitzer Prize Winner

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