Madrid：Asociacion Europea de profesores de Espanol
Venezuela is a South American country that is going through a very hard crisis in political, economical and social issues. Since 1998, the “Chavista revolution” has lead the country to a “barbarian” situation. In fact, Venezuela is not a democracy but a dictatorship controlled by Cuba’s communist government. That country with such political and economic problems has also one of the more vigorous, innovating, and important poetic traditions of Spanish American, although this superb poetry is not very known abroad. Rafael Cadenas (1930), currently the greatest and most famous Venezuelan poetry, and a strong candidate to win the Cervantes Prize (the most important literary prize in Spanish language), has becoming a symbol of the political opposition against Chavista government, and he is too an outstanding example of the aesthetic, ethical and political obligation of a poet with a critical situation.