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In the Vortex of the Cyclone : Selected Poems by Excilia Saldana, Paperback / softback Book

In the Vortex of the Cyclone : Selected Poems by Excilia Saldana Paperback / softback


The first-ever bilingual anthology by the Afro-Cuban poet Excilia Saldana contains a wide-ranging selection of her work, from lullabies to an erotic letter, from lengthy autobiographical poems to quiet reflections on her Caribbean island as the inspiration for her writing. Known in Cuba as a poet, essayist, translator, and professor, Saldana won the prestigious Nicholas Guillen Award for Distinction in Poetry in 1998 and the La Rosa Blanca Prize for La Noche, a children's book, in 1989.

Before her death in 1999, most of her work had appeared in Spanish exclusively in Cuba with only scattered translations.

This collection emphasizes her construction of a personal and poetic autobiography to reveal the identity of one of the best Afro-Caribbean poets of the twentieth century.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 144 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
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  • Category: Poetry by individual poets
  • ISBN: 9780813064291


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