Margaret Randall is the author of dozens of books of poetry and prose, including
This chapter discusses islands as landmasses, large and small, with special characteristics. Those who live on islands develop an identity deeply affected by living in physical and—in the case of Cuba—political isolation. This chapter begins by speaking of islands in general, their ecology, weather, flora and fauna, and the effects of global warming, and situates Cuba within that panorama. It includes a number of testimonies by Cubans about living on an island.