|aThe surrender tree : |bpoems of Cuba's struggle for freedom / |cMargarita Engle ; translation by Alexis Romay.
|a1st Square Fish ed.
|aNew York : |bSquare Fish, |c2010.
|a353 p. ; |c21 cm.
|aPoems that explore Cuba's fight for independence follow Rosa, a nurse who turns hidden caves into hospitals for those who know how to find her, and who does her best to help everyone, with no regard to race or nationality.
It is 1896. Cuba has fought three wars for independence and still is not free. People have been rounded up in reconcentration camps with too little food and too much illness. Rosa is a nurse, but she dares not go to the camps. So she turns hidden caves into hospitals for those who know how to find her. Black, white, Cuban, Spanish—Rosa does her best for everyone. Yet who can heal a country so torn apart by war? Acclaimed poet Margarita Engle has created another breathtaking portrait of Cuba.