Generation Zero

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Legna Rodríguez Iglesias and Yosie Crespo (all photos courtesy of Gesi Schilling)

Legna Rodríguez Iglesias and Yosie Crespo (all photos courtesy of Gesi Schilling)

On Wednesday April 23, “Generation Zero” poets Legna Rodríguez Iglesias and Yosie Crespo read at Miami Light Project. (More about these writers here.) The occasion marked the first U.S. reading for Iglesias, who lives in Cuba.

Iglesias

Iglesias

Images from the Ingmar Bergman film Persona ran silently on the floor-to-ceiling screen behind the writers, who read from The Light Box’s wooden stage.

Still from Persona, directed by Ingmar Bergman.

Still from Persona, directed by Ingmar Bergman.

Iglesias, in a strapless white dress that showed the expressionistic tattoos across her arms and shoulders, spoke in a clear, deep voice, making frequent eye contact with the audience. Crespo read with her arms folded on the table, her bright red bob glowing under the stage lights.

Crespo

Crespo

José A. Villar-Portela (editor of Jai Alai), who introduced the poets, said: “these two are perhaps the most direct descendants of Reina María Rodriguez—though they go a step beyond what she does." He explained that "Generation Zero" is a loose appellation largely signifying work published after the year 2000.   

Once the reading was over, audience members hurried to buy books and speak to the writers. “My God,” said one woman, staring dreamily at the empty stage, “that was so beautiful.”