In the Republic of Longing

Virgil Suárez


These poems about exile, immigration, and assimilation explore the author’s memories of growing up in Havana, Los Angeles, and Miami, capturing the logic and pathos of childhood and tragedies and politics of adult life that are only half-understood but have farreaching effects.

“One will never find this country on any map because it exists only in the stubborn imagination of exiles; it is an in-between country where poets operate the heavy machinery of time, longing, and impossibility . . .” —Andrei Codrescu