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Far from being an island, Martí emerges as a veritable archipelago and even a meta-archipelago in Benítez Rojo’s sense: a polyglot entity overflowing its own boundaries and exceeding all attempts to anchor it to a given center, and, at the very least, not bound by/to its own time and space. If Martí’s afterlife has shown us anything, it is his spectral ability to materialize anywhere that the The Repeating Idol / 33 concerns of the living poet resurface: within national sovereignty, anti-imperialism, economic independence, and so on.
Lo acompañase a uno desde el primer momento de la estadía” (José Martí, 33). One finds a similar, albeit slightly lower-scale, multiplicity of Martían statues and monuments scattered throughout greater Miami, the political and ideological power base of the exiled Cuban-American right. ” 34 / José Martí and the Future of Cuban Nationalisms Martí showed a keen awareness early on of the importance of his own image, as well as that of others involved in the cause, for the success of the revolutionary struggle.
One seeks the essence, or center, of such an elusive entity only to find that—as with the visual image of the archipelago on a map, or a painting by Seurat or a print by Chuck Close—the closer one gets, the more the illusion of coherence or singularity disintegrates. ” Ette offers an example of just such an idol-making “machine” in his description of the ubiquity of Martí’s image in revolutionary Cuba: Quien haya estado alguna vez en Cuba no habrá podido pasar por alto la omnipresencia de José Martí.