Cuban intellectual Roberto Fernández Retamar launched a new book in Paris today, “Circunstancias de la poesía,” during the celebration of Caribbean Poet’s Week, Prensa Latina reports.
Published by Los Tiempos de Cerezas press, the volume, written in French and Spanish, is an anthology of verses written as far back as the 1950s by the former president of Casa de las Americas.
During a meeting held at the Envie de Lire (Desire to Read) bookstore, Retamar read some of his most famous poems such as “Felices los normales,” “Abandonar Paris,” “A mis hijos,” “Epitafio de un Invasor” and “A mi amada.”
Questioned by Prensa Latina about this country’s influence on his work, Retamar said Paris and France were very important sites for his professional training.
The Cuban essayist recalled that he lived here between 1955 and 1956, and in the early years after the triumph of the Cuban Revolution, he held the post of cultural adviser at the embassy in Paris, where he has great friends.
Many French and Caribbean intellectuals attended the literary meeting, where Alicia Gonzalez, charge d’affairs of the Cuban permanent delegation at the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), was present.
The Caribbean Poets Week will run from May 24 to June 1, and writers from Haiti, Guyana, Martinique, Guadalupe, Santa Lucia, Dominican Republic, and Cuba are participating.