Nancy Morejón, an indispensable voice in contemporary Cuban poetry, has produced a book whose core centers on the people, experience, and landscape of the city. She has said “ I was born in Havana and for me the city is inside my poetic art, cities fascinate me.” In Before the Mirror, The City Morejon captures the tastes and colors that give this city and its people their unique character.
“Morejon’s poetry is infused with an understanding of her African heritage and modern Cuban identity. Her poems capture the essence of encounters with family, friends, literature, art, landscapes, politics, history, and Cuban reality. Her poems are lyrical, compassionate, complex and dazzling in their subtleties. This fine translated version of her work will encourage more research, more critical analysis and more dialog among scholars of poetry and Latin American culture.” —Jayne Cortez
“Nancy Morejon’s poetry gives us a mighty Cuba. A laughing Cuba. A determined Cuba. I see the politics of people’s eyes. Hands. Bodies. Living. Surviving. Being. Walking in beauty in their country. Undefeated.” —Sonia Sanchez
“A collection of exquisite sensibility, masterfully edited by Juanamaría Cordones-Cook and translated by David Frye. In these poems, Nancy Morejón's voice dazzles and moves us. She carries us off to a luminous island and an unforgettable Havana. I am moved by this book, by this poetry, and by the voice of one of the great poets of the Americas.” —Marjorie Agosin