The first major study of the life and work of Dominican-born bilingual American poet and translator Rhina P. Espaillat (b. 1932). The authors define Espaillat’s place in American letters with attention to her formalist aesthetics, Hispanic Caribbean immigrant background, poetic community-building, bilingual ethos, and domestically-minded woman-of-color feminism.
Matters of the Sea / Cosas del mar is a commemorative bilingual chapbook that beautifully reproduces Richard Blanco’s stirring poem presented during the historic reopening ceremony of the United States Embassy in Havana, Cuba, on August 14, 2015.
“Matters of the Sea is one of the most emotionally complex and personal poems I’ve ever written, invested with all my love for the people of two countries that are part of my very being. As with the presidential inauguration in 2013, I am once again humbled and honored to participate as a poet in another historic moment of such significance. I’m elated by the power of poetry to mark such important, communal moments, and be a catalyst for change and understanding by reaching deep into our emotional selves and connecting us to our shared humanity.”—Richard Blanco
In creating this collection Suarez creatively combines poems from six previous collections with unpublished ones to give compelling expression of what it means to live in exile.
City of a Hundred Fires presents us with a journey through the cultural coming of age experiences of the hyphenated Cuban-American.
Richard Blanco was selected as the 2013 inaugural poet by President Barack Obama.