The work of Cuban poet Gaston Baquero has been largely unavailable. Now, thanks to translators Greg Simon and Steven White, we have a rich sampling that will provide English speakers a powerful display of Baquero's high-velocity lyricism. Playful, sinuous with both gladness and duende, these poems speak profoundly of the spirit's essential freedom and mystery, and of what it meant to be human in the twentieth century.Born in Banes, Cuba, in 1918, Gaston Baquero was raised in rural poverty and trained as an agronomist before becoming a journalist. He was involved in all the most important Cuban literary journals of the mid-century, including Orígenes. He left Cuba immediately after the revolution of 1959, spending the rest of his life in Spain, where he died in 1997. Baquero published numerous essays and eight collections of poetry. Although officially nonexistent in Cuba for many years, his work is widely known there, and he was recently officially acknowledged as one of the country's major poets.Baquero, Gaston is the author of 'Angel of Rain ', published 2006 under ISBN 9781597660167 and ISBN 1597660167.