Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

Vereda Tropical

Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

Vereda Tropical

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"Tu la dejaste ir"

"Tropical path, you let her leave." It's just the same. The season was rotten. Even if you couldn't tell in this all the time summer place, I could.

She marked the time of year by fits of weeping. Then fits of laughter. Then anger. Then melancholy. Except the year ran its course each day, sometimes in a single hour.

Were she a baroque concerto, I could guess

when summer was breaking out,

even here, even now, in this

all the time summer place.

But she's swallowed most of the sounds she made.

Dita Sullivan's photo assemblage consists

of four images surrounding a fifth,

this last one a street in Havana.

Above it a marble statue at the Cementerio Colon

of a forlorn damsel holding a wreath.

To the left a mulata chorus girl

in a golden rain of cheap sequins. …

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