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Indio Naborí, a poet of the Revolution

Published: 2017.10.23 - 11:45:31   /  /  MSc. Nora Rodríguez Calzadilla  /  translated by  Luis E. Amador Dominguez  /

Indio Naborí, a poet of the RevolutionIn the historic theater of the José Martí National Library of Cuba, BNCJM, where Fidel gave his speech that has transcended immortality with the name of "Words to the intellectuals", homage was paid to the Cuban popular poet Jesus Orta Ruiz, who would turn 95 on September 30.

During the ceremony, presided by the Minister of Culture of the Republic of Cuba, Abel Prieto and with the presence of renowned personalities, the Office of Cultural Promotion and Research on the work of the Indio Naborí, with headquarters in the National Library, was officially constituted.

Dr. Eduardo Torres Cueva, who is the director of the prestigious institution, in his opening remarks praised highly of this very special moment and desired by the historical significance of the poet's work and underlined the honor meant for the National Library to be selected as the headquarters of the Office.

Indio Naborí, a poet of the RevolutionAfter emphasizing the importance of preserving the cultural heritage, a source that allows us to save and rebuild the historical memory of the country said, "We shall not forget, it is a starting point so that the Indio Naborí will always bewith us."

The new entity, which is endorsed by a ministerial resolution under the heading of Abel Prieto, will be directed by the writer, journalist, filmmaker and diplomat, Fidel Antonio Orta Pérez, who is the son of Jesús Orta Ruiz.

Miguel Barnet, who is the president of the National Association of Writers and Artists of Cuba, UNEAC, praised the work of Orta Ruiz who considers to be the singer of the Cuban Revolution and the most prominent minstrel of our country:

"The Indio Naborí, as he called himself from the early age of 17, was a prolific poet and improviser, the most finished and contemporary of the ten-line stanza and of another great improviser, his friend Angel Valiente. Without shame, without the slightest shameful attitude, but on the contrary, Naborí embodied the highest of the Cuban ten-line stanza, which Juan Cristóbal Naples Fajardo, El Cucalambé decked out a century ago."

Another speaker at the ceremony, the poet, essayist and literary critic Virgilio López Lemus, honored, amongst other virtues and historical resonances of the work of Naborí, his loyal consecration at the service of the Cuban Revolution.

Indio Naborí, a poet of the RevolutionThe tribute completes an exhibition at the main entrance of the National Library with books, documents, photographs and other belongings of Jesus Orta Ruiz, amongs them, a typewriter in which he last typed in 1987, at 65 years of age.

I now remember that afternoon that I visited him at his house in Vedado for a personality interview. Next to the celebration on May 1st, the poet was inspired by the International Workers' Day. I also remember that on that day, in the midst of a paradigmatic home and in the presence of his wife, he granted me the privilege of declaiming the poem that he would dedicate to her, the mother of her children, her great love and lifelong companion. The title: CON TUS OJOS MÍOS... That was the last time I saw him and it is impossible to forget him.

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