Nicolás Guillén’s “Tengo” was ﬁrst published in Tengo (Las Villas: Universidad Central de
Las Villas, 1964), and later in Obra poética, tomo II (1958–1985) (Havana: Letras Cubanas,
2002). “Piedra de horno” is from Poemas de amor (Havana: Ediciones Unión, 1971), and
later appeared in Obra poética, tomo II. “Madrigal” ﬁrst appeared in Sóngoro consongo
(Havana: Úcar, García y Cia., 1931), and later in Obra poética tomo I (1922–1958) (Havana:
Letras Cubanas, 2002). Guillén wrote a number of poems titled “Madrigal.” Cuba had no
publishers, as such, in the early 1930s, and books were printed at commercial presses.
Dulce María Loynaz’s “Canto a la mujer estéril” ﬁrst appeared in Revista Bimestre Cubana
(July–October 1937). The following year it was published in book form as Canto a la mujer
estéril (Havana: Molina, 1938), and then included in Versos the same year.
Emilio Ballagas’s “Poema impaciente,” “De otro modo,” “Sonetos sin palabras,” and “Elegía
tercera” all ﬁrst appeared in Sabor eterno (Havana: Ediciones Héroe, 1939).
Felix Pita Rodríguez’s “Cierra la puerta, aguarda” appeared in Proyectos del lirio (Havana:
Editorial Gente Nueva, 1998). “Llegan los guerrilleros” appeared in Poesía completa
(Havana: Letras Cubanas, 1978); it was previously published in El Corno Emplumado, no. 23
José Lezama Lima’s “Una oscura pradera me convida” appeared in Enemigo rumor (Havana:
Úcar, García y Cia., 1941). “El puerto” was included in Poesía completa (Havana: Letras
Cubanas, 1970). “Una fragata, con las velas desplegadas” appeared in Fragmentos a su imán
(Barcelona: Editorial Lumen, 1977).
Virgilio Piñera’s “A Lezama, en su muerte” was never included in a book. “Naturalmente en
1930,” “Testamento,” and “Isla” appeared in La isla en peso (Havana: Editorial Unión, 2011),
although this book made its ﬁrst appearance in 1943.
“Este camino,” “Poema de la verdad profunda,” and “Todo puede venir” by Mirta Aguirre
all appeared for the ﬁrst time in Ayer de hoy (Havana: Ediciones Unión, 1980). She gave
them to me for Margaret Randall, ed., Breaking the Silences: 20th Century Poetry by Cuban
Women (Vancouver, BC: Pulp Press, 1982).
Samuel Feijóo’s “Recuento” and “Poética” appeared for the ﬁrst time in La hoja del poeta
(Havana: Talleres Tipográﬁcos de la Sociedad Colombista Panamericana, 1957). “Botella al
mar” was included in El pan del bobo, Epigramas y Letrillas y La macana en flor in Signos