90 Miles

Selected and New Poems

By Virgil Suarez
(University of Pittsburgh Press, Paperback, 9780822958802, 127pp.)

Publication Date: June 2005

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Ninety miles separate Cuba and Key West, Florida. Crossing that distance, thousands of Cubans have lost their lives. For Cuban American poet Virgil Suárez, that expanse of ocean represents the state of exile, which he has imaginatively bridged in over two decades of compelling poetry.

"Whatever isn't voiced in time drowns," Suárez writes in "River Fable," and the urgency to articulate the complex yearnings of the displaced marks all the poems collected here. 90 Miles contains the best work from Suárez's six previous collections: You Come Singing, Garabato, In the Republic of Longing, Palm Crows, Banyan, and Guide to the Blue Tongue, as well as important new poems.

At once meditative, confessional, and political, Suárez's work displays the refracted nature of a life of exile spent in Cuba, Spain, and the United States. Connected through memory and desire, Caribbean palms wave over American junk mail. Cuban mangos rot on Miami hospital trays. William Shakespeare visits Havana. And the ones who left Cuba plant trees of reconciliation with the ones who stayed.

Courageously prolific, Virgil Suárez is one of the most important Latino writers of his generation.




About the Author
Virgil Suarez is the author of the short story collection THE SOVIET CIRCUS COMES TO HAVANA (C&R Press, 2014), and the book of poems, IN THE REPUBLIC OF LONGING (Bilingual Review Press, 2000). He teaches in the English department at Florida State University.
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