90 Miles (Paperback)
Selected And New Poems (Pitt Poetry Series)
University of Pittsburgh Press, 9780822958802, 114pp.
Publication Date: March 23, 2005
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.
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Praise For 90 Miles: Selected And New Poems (Pitt Poetry Series)…
“Suarez’s voice is a heartbreaking combination of outrage and longing . . . ‘90 Miles’, a selection of one poet’s previous collections of poetry, is a rarity in the industry. That this poet is Latino is additional cause for celebration and sincere pride.”
--El Paso Times
“His attention to detail is a delight, and his energetic voice, with the tint of his native tongue, is powerful and compelling. . . . Suárez is one of today’s more important Latino voices, and this volume should be included in any serious contemporary poetry collection.”
“The music of the poems oscillates internally between the fluidity of a few Spanish words and the harsher syllables of English, offering a compelling sense of dislocation, true to the book’s primary concerns.”