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Poetry. Gustavo Perez Firmat examines relationships, sex, and Cuban American life in this collection of accessible poems. Perez Firmat, who writes with wicked humor and candor, handles both Spanish and English with seamless assurance. He is an economical and confident poet.
Paperback, 128 pages
Published January 1st 1995 by Bilingual Review Press (AZ)
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On the 3.5/4 star fence. The first section is wonderful, the second engaging, the last is insular and not nearly as interesting. Great word and sound play, although once in a while cleverness undermines a line or a poem. Overall highly enjoyable and smart poetry.
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Gustavo Pérez Firmat was born in Havana, Cuba, and raised in Miami, Florida.
He is best known for his memoir, Next Year in Cuba, available in Spanish as El año que viene estamos en Cuba, and for Life on the Hyphen, a study of Cuban-American culture, also available in Spanish as Vidas en vilo. His most recent book, A Cuban in Mayberry, is an affectionate and personal look at one of America’s best-l
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“The fact that I
am writing to you
in English
already falsifies what I
wanted to tell you.
My subject:
how to explain to you that I
don't belong to English
though I belong nowhere else”
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“The fact that I am writing to you in English already falsifies what I wanted to tell you. My subject: how to explain to you that I don't belong to English though I belong nowhere else.” 2 likes
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