(Translated by Aradhika Raturi)
(Interpretation by Aradhika Raturi)
Alejandro Davalos Rossié was born in Matanzas, Cuba, on February 15th, 1935, to a family of twelve children. His father was a judge who worked within the Cuban courts. To secure better employment, at the age of 20, he married and moved to La Habana, where he started a beauty school. Despite having completed only a third-grade level of education, a result of economic problems in Cuba that required him to work, as his poetry reflects, his nature was deeply embedded in intellectual pursuits and the love of life, of love, and of God.
Aradhika Raturi is a twenty-one year old poet and musician, born to parents of Cuban and Indian heritage. She lives in Boulder, Colorado where she is a student of Creative Writing at Naropa University. Aradhika is currently editing a book of translations from the poetry of her great-grandfather, Alejandro Davalos Rossié, to deepen her study of Spanish poetic thought, through the vein of familial bonds and history, and to share his poetry with both Spanish and English readers. Her literary influences include Tolstoy, Urdu poets Mir and Ghalib, and Pablo Neruda.