The Beautiful Struggle: Cuba’s Other Revolution

 

Those who received news of the beginning

galaxies, the vast emptiness,

today are fossil light. beautiful paradoxes.

Severo Sarduy

 

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The moon that traveled with Cyrano de Bergerac;

the moon Quevedo clapped within a fine and bloody epitaph;

Lorca’s moon with its bustle of tuberoses, sinking into the forge; the haiku moon, unable to compete with a river rock’s

false gleaming. These moons are dearer and more familiar
than that lone moon hanging, solitary and perfect, like some invention of the night.

Carlos Pintado

 

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I wish to leave the world by its natural door;

In my tomb of green leaves
They are to carry me to die.

Do not put me in the dark
To die like a traitor;
I am good, and like a good thing
I will die with my face to the sun.

Jose Marti

       

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One sky, toward which we sometimes lift our eyes –
some days guessing at the weather of our lives,

Some days giving thanks for a love that loves you back.

We head home: through the plum blush of dusk, but always—home, always under one sky.

And always one moon
like a silent drum tapping on every rooftop.
At every window, all of us facing  stars.
Hope: a new constellation, waiting for us to map it,

Ricardo Blanco

 

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Let us leave that heraldry,

water and thirst, tender and light, body and shroud.

Severo Sarduy

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16 thoughts on “The Beautiful Struggle: Cuba’s Other Revolution

    1. I love the universal qualities of GLBT culture.
      Like, take four transgender teenagers in a remote midwestern region who have nowhere to go but an old barn. In less than six months they’ll create something of a specific beauty, a specific aesthetic.
      Thanks for coming by, O.P!

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  1. Looks like my second comment didn’t go. Love the way you put it together with the poetry. Also will never forget the cemetery in Santiago – particularly Marti’s tomb and that of the matriarch of so many revolutionary martyrs, Mariana Grajales de Maceo. Thanks. I’m “homesick” now…

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    1. Oh! But I did reply (at length:-) to your Cuba comment. I ‘d had no idea of your experience there and was so delighted by the news that I went on and on with numerous questions and unsupported but passionate opinions…hmm, are you sure; maybe you missed it?

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  2. Thank for coming by, Senor Canada. I really don’t know much about Cuban poetry either,
    except for Jose Marti and he’s so famous. The sheer number of poets in Cuba really blows my mind!
    Even Che wrote a (pretty bad) poem to Fidel, vowing his loyalty and his love while enroute to a beach landing with his first ragtag troops.

    I really appreciated your email. Your thinking reassures me. I plan to answer by tonight sometime. I’m reading your essays, and I think they may interest academic, rather than journalism, platforms.

    “See” you soon, hombre!

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