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  • Edición impresa de Abril 19, 2016.

NEW HISPANIC POET OPENS ON BEST SELLER LIST

alvarovegaPoet Alvaro Vega’s first book of poetry, written in both English and Spanish, opened as a #1 Bestseller on Amazon.com in March. Ruins of Redemption includes poems written in both English and Spanish. The book is published by Open Door Publications, a Bucks County-based independent book publishing company.

“To push away ruins that have become treacherous

To do away with fences that serve no purpose

I will build on long forgotten fields that no one visits now

I will plant security in your beautiful land…”

Step into Alvaro Vega’s world; a world where everyone is a soldier. Where pain and healing, war and peace, salvation and damnation flow together. “I want to be unpredictable,” says Vega of his poetry. In Ruins of Redemption, Vega uses his poetry, many written in both English and Spanish, to give you a glimpse of one man’s deepest dreams and fears.

Alvaro was born in Havana, Cuba. He, and his two brothers, were raised mostly by his Catholic grandmother. His father worked in a Castro work camp for approximately 10 years before being allowed to leave the country. His mother worked to support the family. The family left Cuba for the United States in 1973, when he was 13 years old. He now lives in Long Island, New York.

“In Cuba, I went to Mass often with my grandmother, but it was always a struggle. Going to church was not approved by the government. That made for a greater closeness to church and to the family, I think. But there was also a military aspect to life in Cuba. The military dominated everything, and was part of our way of life. My poetry springs from both of these traditions. Writing can be painful, but it also feels good, feels like healing, when it is completed. When I begin, I don’t always know where my poetry will end. I want it to be unpredictable.”

 


 

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