Poetry. Translated from the Spanish by Margaret Randall. Winner of Cuba's prestigious National Literary Critic's Prize, 2009. In this book, as in others, Marimón creates unforgettable images in a voice uniquely her own. But her poems are more than images. They convey a sort of triumphal loneliness characteristic of her generation, a deep reverence for the symbols of her national landscape and culture laced with the personal dreams she is unafraid to express: "She only wanted to escape to a different place / feel the nostalgia of exile, be truly sad / apart, / a weightless autumn leaf," she says in "One day in 1980."
Margaret Randall (Translator) is a poet, essayist, oral historian, translator, photographer and social activist. She lived in Latin America for 23 years (Mexico, Cuba, and Nicaragua). From 1962 to 1969, she and Mexican poet Sergio Mondragón founded and co- edited El Corno Emplumado / The Plumed Horn, a bilingual literary quarterly that published some of the best new work of the decade. Randall's recent titles include As If The Empty Chair / Como Si La Silla Vacia, The Rhizome as a Field of Broken Bones, About Little Charlie Lindbergh and She Becomes Time (Wings Press). Che On My Mind and Haydee Santamaria, Cuban Revolutionary: She Led by Transgression appeared in 2015 and 2016 respectively, and a large bilingual anthology of Cuban poetry, Only The Road / Solo El Camino appeared in 2016, all from Duke University Press. Randall lives in New Mexico with her partner (now wife) of 29 years, the painter Barbara Byers, and travels extensively to read, lecture, and teach.
Author City: ALBUQUERQUE, NM USA
Yanira Marimón was born in Matanzas, Cuba in 1971. She comes from a family of writers. Marimón has published widely in Cuba and abroad, earning the Somos Foundation's First International Poetry Contest in Miami in 2016 and achieving the status of finalist in the Fernando Rielo World Poetry Contest of Spain in 2015, as well as in contests in Cuba. Among the latter, was the prestigious National Literary Critic's prize in 2009. She lives in Matanzas and is a member of Cuba's Union of Writers and Artists (UNEAC).
Author City: MATANZAS CUB