Crossing Borders

Crossing Borders

 

 

Edited By Bruce Kauffman

 

ISBN: 978-1-927725-32-0

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Crossing Borders brings you a splendid collection of poetry and micro-prose from an eclectic assembly of authors. Cross the sands of time and swim in the ocean of this impressive work. You will not be let down.

List of authors – Adonay Perez Luengo, Adela González-Longoria Escalona, Adislenis Castro Ruiz, Brian Gordon Sinclair, Bruce Kauffman, Brian Mullaly, Chris Faiers, Cynthia Mitchell, Danielle Dinally, Deborah Panko, Donna Langevin, Ernesto Galban Peramo, Gary Rasberry, George Arnold, Heide Brown, Hugh Hazelton, James Cockcroft, James Deahl, John Hamley, John B, Lee, Jorge Alberto Pérez Hernández, June Salmon, K. V. Skene, Katharine Beeman, Keith Inman, Kimberley Grove, Lisa Makarchuk, Manuel de Jesús Velázquez León, Merle Hernández González, Miriam Estrella Vera Delgado, Patrick Connors, Paul Carr, Paulos Ioannou, Raúl Vera Delgado, Raymond Fenech, Richard M. Grove, Roger Langen, Shane Joseph, Tara Kainer, Theodore Michael Christou, Wency Rosales, Yanet Alejo Milian.

 

Crossing Borders is a wonderful anthology of poetry and prose contributed by members of the Canada Cuba Literary Alliance (CCLA). The pieces in this diverse collection run the gamut from the very touching personal and introspective reflections to those of sociopolitical pondering and lament. Within, you will find a wealth of contributions from both Cuba and Canada, each country rich in its differences of climate, geography, history, and culture. But in it, as well, you will discover the similarities of voice, the place from which it comes, and in it a reminder of the arbitrariness of lines that we draw – between place, between person. We are all, yes, different. However, we are all, yes, equally the same.

Bruce Kauffman, Editor

 

The bond between Cuba and Canada is not defined by common borders or current events. There is a brotherhood, a shared consciousness, which goes beyond time and space. This anthology is a testament to what has already been accomplished, and a foundation for what could be even greater work and a greater relationship.

Patrick Connors

 

Table of Contents

– From the President – Prez Tai — P. viii

– From the Editor – Bruce Kauffman — P. ix

– You Do Not End – Manuel de J. Velázquez León—P. 1

– No Matter What Sun Warms – K.V. Skene—P. 2

– Cuban Beach after the Storm – Heide Brown—P. 3

– The Grip of the Alligator – Danielle Dinally—P. 4

– Shopping with Miriam – John Hamley—P. 6

– Netherworld – Hugh Hazelton—P. 8

– Reprise – Patrick Connors—P. 10

– Poolside Vision – George Arnold —P. 12

– Legacy from the Time – Yanet Alejo Milian—P. 14

– Our Cabin in the Woods – Kimberley Grove—P. 16

– The Boat that Bled – Raymond Fenech—P. 17

– white flag – Roger Langen—P. 18

– A new poem for Hashem Shabaani – Tara Kainer—P. 19

– Woman – Paulos Ioannou—P. 22

– Guiding a Sea Damaged Boat – Wency Rosales—P. 23

– The Caring Embrace of Your Body –Wency Rosales—P. 23

– The Stone Polisher – Keith Inman—P. 24

– 2013, Fifteen years here – Katharine Beeman—P. 25

– Cosmos – June Salmon—P. 26

– Deep In Thought – Miriam E. Vera Delgado—P. 27

– In late afternoon – Deborah Panko—P. 28

– Big Al On Point – Chris Faiers—P. 29

– And While I Promised So Many Things–Ernesto Galbán Peramo—P. 31

– News from the House – Ernesto Galbán Peramo—P. 31

– My Favourite Colour – Brian Mullally—P. 32

– I Am Not – Adela GonzálezLongoria Escalona—P. 33

– November – James Deahl—P. 34

– Havana – Lisa Makarchuk—P. 35

– Innocence Abroad – Lisa Makarchuk—P. 35

– Charity – Lisa Makarchuk—P. 35

– Hemingway’s Hot Havana – Brian Gordon Sinclair—P. 36

– How to Live Without You – Raúl Vera Delgado—P. 37

– Mariposa – Donna Langevin—P. 38

– noise – Bruce Kauffman—P. 40

– Turtle Dove – Adonay B. Pérez Luengo—P. 42

– You Know – Adonay B. Pérez Luengo—P. 42

– Peter´s Change – Adislenis Castro Ruiz—P. 43

– One vote – Paul R. Carr—P. 44

(“Daniel lives, damn it!”) James Cockcroft—P. 45

– Bad Dream, Good Day – Jorge Alberto Pérez Hernández—P. 48

– Instinct – June Salmon—P. 49

– Island Queen – George Arnold—P. 50

– In Line for a Permit – Richard M. Grove—P. 51

– The Middle-aged Man in the Sea – Donna Langevin—P. 52

– Saint Love – Merle Hernández González—P. 53

– Falling Figs – Manuel de Jesús Velázquez León—P. 54

– The Countryside – Yanet Alejo Milian—P. 58

– Northumberland’s Highway of Heroes – Deborah Panko—P. 59

– A Weight of Dignity – Keith Inman—P. 60

– Across the Rainbow – Miriam E. Vera Delgado—P. 62

– The Only Thing – Paulos Ioannou—P. 63

– Beothuck luck – Roger Langen—P. 64

– The Welcoming Committee – Tara Kainer—P. 65

– This will never happen to me syndrome – Raymond Fenech—P. 66

– Where Sea Ends – K. V. Skene—P. 67

– Synchronicity in Cuba – Heide Brown—P. 68

– A look at country living in Canada – Kimberley Grove—P. 70

– My neighbours never play… – Katharine Beeman—P. 72

– Thank God for Peace – Manuel Velázquez León—P. 73

– Unread Books – James Deahl—P. 74

– the languages of history – Bruce Kauffman—P. 75

– Things I Must Be True To – Patrick Connors—P. 76

– Morning Picture – Yanet Alejo Milian—P. 78

– Somewhere Down the Zen River – Patrick Connors—P. 80

– Morning Rising – June Salmon—P. 81

– Hemingway’s Hot Havana – Brian Gordon Sinclair—P. 82

– Life – Paul R. Carr—P. 84

– Sounds Astray – Brian Mullally—P. 85

– Miles – K. V. Skene—P. 86

– Meditation on the ‘Occupy’ Movement – Deborah Panko—P. 87

– Horror Vacui – Hugh Hazelton—P. 88

– Fair Southern Flower – George Arnold—P. 91

– Mama’s Last Appassionata Raymond Fenech—P. 92

– In Every Corner There Is a Woman – Paulos Ioannou—P. 94

– Cuban Beach in February – Heide Brown—P. 95

– The Soft Veil of the Rainbow – Wency Rosales—P. 96

– Car Cuba – Donna Langevin—P. 97

– The Banes Bullfinch – Keith Inman—P. 98

– Emptiness – Miriam E. Vera Delgado—P. 99

– The Stony Heart – Merle Hernández González—P. 100

– Love Formula – Raúl Vera Delgado—P. 101

– Vermont Slate – James Deahl—P. 102

– Samson’s hair – Roger Langen—P. 103

– Easter Rising – Brian Gordon Sinclair—P. 104

– languages – Bruce Kauffman—P. 105

– El Malecón, Havana – Katharine Beeman—P. 106

 

10th Anniversary

Prez Tai’s prologue Richard M. Grove—P. 109

– A Letter Home – Richard M. Grove—P. 110

– Writing the Darkness – John B. Lee—P. 111

– The Thin White Line – Shane Joseph—P. 114

– Releasing the Dandelion – Cynthia Mitchell—P. 115

– Jungle Resort – Keith Inman—P. 117

Digame, Talk to Me – Richard M. Grove—P. 118

– Broken Money “Bozuk Para” – John B. Lee—P. 119

– Tourist Trap – Gary Rasberry—P. 121

– I found myself in some place, abroad – Theodore Christou—P. 124

– El Hombre con La Guitarra Azul – John B. Lee—P. 125

– Forgetful – John B. Lee—P. 127

– Morning Light – Richard M. Grove—P. 128

– The Price – Cynthia Mitchell—P. 129

– One Morning in Mayabe – John B. Lee—P. 130

– Escher’s Stairs, Cuba – Keith Inman—P. 132

– pilgrim – Theodore Christou—P. 134

– On the Beauty of Being Elsewhere – John B. Lee—P. 135

– When God Was a Boy – Gary Rasberry—P. 136

– Burial Ground Visit – Richard M. Grove—P. 138

– Ground – Keith Inman—P. 139

– The Ungoable – John B. Lee—P. 140

In Memoriam Brian Mullally —P. 142

 

 

Introduction:

Thank you Bruce Kauffman for being the editor of our 10th Anniversary, CCLA Member Anthology. Thank you to all of the member authors that contributed to this special collection. Thank you to all of our CCLA members for building cultural bridges and crossing borders with us. The mandate of the Canada Cuba Literary Alliance, the CCLA, is to advance cultural solidarity between Canada and Cuba through the creative expression of poetry, prose, art and photography. It is fitting that the title of our 10th Anniversary anthology be called Crossing Borders.

As the founding president I started the CCLA in 2004 after travelling to Cuba with my wife Kim. It only took 2 or 3 visits for me to recognize the value of building cultural bridges between our two countries. We have made permanent friendships with both Cubans and Canadians over the past 10 years. We hope you enjoy this fine collection.

Prez Tai / Richard M. Grove

Bruce Kauffman

Bruce Kauffman

Bruce Kauffman is a poet, writer and editor living in Kingston, Ontario. He hosts a weekly spoken word radio show on CFRC 101.9fm and monthly open mic poetry nights at the Artel.