Exporting Revolution: Cuba's Global Solidarity
Margaret Randall is the author of dozens of books of poetry and prose, including Haydée Santamaría, Cuban Revolutionary: She Led by Transgression and Che on My Mind, and the editor of Only the Road / Solo el Camino: Eight Decades of Cuban Poetry, all also published by Duke University Press.
How These Ideas Took Shape
In this chapter, the author describes her relationship to Cuban poetry, explains how she came to understand that Cuban poets have exerted a disproportionate influence on poetry in other countries, and questions why this is so. She traces Cuban history in this respect from long before the 1959 Revolution and shows how the Revolution capitalized on this reality, making values of excellence, professionalism, sacrifice, and generosity hallmarks of a small nation under siege.