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About Carilda Oliver Labra;

            Carlida Oliver Labra, a delightful woman, is a well known Cuban poet that is capable of satisfying all kinds of readers. She was born on July 6, 1922 in the city of Matanzas. Matanzas is located in an area in Cuba that is home to many important cultural and literary figures. After graduating with a degree in civil law from the University of Havana, Carlida Oliver went home to Matanzas to practice law for some years. Apart from practicing law, she also worked at a public library and taught drawing, painting, and sculpture classes.

            Carilda Oliver is known as one of the most influential Cuban poets. Most of her poems focused on love, the role of women in society, and herself. Her poems are liked and read by ordinary people, an achievement that most poets never attain in their lives. Her very active and passionate personality is evident in her work, which has earned her many admirers. Most of all, the theme of love that is always present in Carlida Oliver’s works and her private life has made Carilda Oliver an inspiring poet.

            Biographies, poems and other literary works, songs, and ballads have been written by Carilda Oliver. She made a famous a documentary Memoria de la Fiebre, about the film maker, Manuel Jorge. Some of her famous individual poems are called Versos de Amor (Love Verses); La ceiba me dijo tú (Ceiba said You); Desaparece el polvo (Dust Disappears); Calzada de Tirry 81; Se me ha perdido un hombre (I have Lost a Man); and Libreta de la recién casada.

            On October 12, 2002, Oliver Labra received the José Vasconcelos Prize at a ceremony and the president of the Frente de Afirmación Hispanista gave her the award himself. She also received several Cuban National Poetry and Literature Awards. Her poem Canto a la Bandera (Song to the flag) won the First Prize in 1950 and Flor Natal won at the National Contest of Poetry. In addition, she received the National Prize of Poetry of the Ministry of Education for her book Al Sur de mi Garganta (At the South of my Throat). Also, she won the National Award at the Hispanic American Contest organized by the American Athenaeum of Washington in remembrance of the tricentenary of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz’s birth.

            Even though she is 89, her poems are still read and enjoyed around the world by all kinds of readers. Carilda Oliver Labra has succeeded in the most ambitious dream anyone could image.

Quotes by Carilda Oliver Labra;

In the poem My Mother You are in a Letter from Miami, Carilda Oliver writes;
“My mother, you're only in a letter
and in an old scolding that I couldn't find;
stay here forever in the center
of a blooming rose that never dies.
This quote shows how much she loves her mother, like she loves many other things.

In the poem Declaration of Love, Carilda Oliver writes;
"It's not that I'm afraid,
or a coward,
I'd do everything for my homeland;
but don't argue so much over your nuclear missiles,
because something horrible is happening:
and I haven't had time enough to love."
This quote shows how the Cuban Missal Crisis affected her, that even though she loves Cuba very much she hasn't had time to love enough. Everything is about love to her.

In the poem Of the Word, Carilda Oliver writes;
“They killed your word
and covered you with earth,
but it doesn't matter,
you'll sing in the seeds.”

This quote shows that she is optimistic. Even though the person dies she sees the good side of it; their word will live on.

In the poem Eve’s Discourse, Carilda Oliver writes;
“I love you truly
but innocently
as the transparent enchantress of my thoughts,
but, truly, I don't love you,
though innocently
as the confused angel that I am.
I love you,
but I don't love you.”
This quote shows that she can be indecisive and confused, but she really wants is love.

Questions for Carilda Oliver Labra;

A few questions we would ask Carilda Oliver Labra are;

Did she ever found the true love she says she always wants in her peoms?

What in life made her want love so much?

What is it like being awarded so many prizes for all of her works?

Are all of her poems written based off herself and her love?

How did her and her poems become so famous?