New Book: The Island Kingdom by Pablo Medina

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Medina’s poetry is always attuned to the nature of beauty and longing, particularly for his native Cuba, and for the wondrous journeys (and emotions) he has experienced or imagined. The burning questions of spirituality and fulfillment weigh heavily on this latest collection as the speaker grapples with the melancholia of doubt, desire and despair: “Panther, panther, let the slaughter come,/ let the truth be learned, let the bullet/ blossom in you like the flower of forgetfulness.”

Cuban-born Medina is the author of four novels, eight poetry collections, three books of translation, and a memoir. His books of poetry include THE ISLAND KINGDOM (Hanging Loose Press, 2015), THE MAN WHO WROTE ON WATER (Hanging Loose Press, 2011), THE FLOATING ISLAND (White Pine Press, 1999), and ARCHING INTO THE AFTERLIFE (Bilingual Review Press, 1991).He directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Emerson College.

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