Raul Rivero: A poet unbowed by Cuba's jails

October 9, 2005

Miami Herald- Fabiola Santiago

For two years, Raúl Rivero, a man accused of wielding words as weapons and sentenced to 20 years in prison, sat in a solitary, humid cell so small there was barely room for him to stretch out his arms.

He slept on a metal bed with a thin foam mattress, used a hole in the ground to relieve himself, cleaned up in a spigot turned on only once a day for 15 minutes.

Under the dim light of a single bulb, he wrote love poems -- the only thing, his jailers warned him, he was allowed to write.

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