The Great Zoo and Other Poems
Acclaimed by Pablo Neruda as "a great plebeian, a poet of the people, crystal clear yet full of wisdom," Nicolás Guillén has long been recognized as one of the foremost poets of contemporary Latin America. The pre-eminent exponent of a black poetry in the Spanish-speaking world, he has been of seminal importance in creating a specifically Cuban cultural identity, which has...more
Published January 28th 1973 by Monthly Review Press
(first published January 1st 1973)
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the late nicolás guillén (1902-1989) was a cuban poet. "guillén, a mulatto, has been regarded as the major exponent of black poetry in the spanish-speaking world. but his thematic scope is wide, and although primarily known as a poet of folk rhythms, black and popular themes, he is also recognized for his humor, for his artistic refinement, for the sensitivity of his love ballads, and for the compassionate poignancy of his political and revolutionary verse." (from the translator's introduction)