Poetry and the Enemy’s Arrows: An Interview with José Ramón Sánchez Leyva
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In this dynamic conversation, guantanamero poet José Ramón Sánchez Leyva responds to questions about his views on the U.S. naval base at Guantánamo Bay, as well as his formation as a poet and his work as editor of the Cuban literary journal La noria. Sánchez Leyva discusses his work as a battlefield that was expanded by his knowledge of events that took place within the prison that was established within the base after 9/11. He describes himself as a “guilty victim” and insists that the base, not the prison, is “the original sin.” His responses evince his powerful style as a thinker and writer as they offer detailed insights into how the base and the relationship between Cuba and the U.S. appear from the perspective of the people of Guantánamo Province.
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