This 8 Year-Old Puerto Rican Prodigy is Writing Poetry About Freedom, Afro-Latinidad and Oscar López Rivera

Mercedes & Jose Lopez, two of Oscar's siblings

by Jhoni Jackson, REMEZCLA

At eight years old, Sarah Dalilah Cruz Ortiz is well on her way to becoming a literary powerhouse. The Puerto Rican poet is a new regular at cultural events and is a member of the local all-female arts collective Las Musas Descalzas, where she was given the moniker Ninfa Dalilah. Last year, she published her first collection of poems, Sueño Mágico entre Versos de mi Infancia.

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Its subject matter is seemingly beyond her years; love, liberty and la patria are among her preferred topics, she says. Her heartfelt dedication to Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera-imagining him free, como el cielo-is absolutely moving. “Libertad” is another that’ll hit anyone right in the feels, whether privy to her very young age or not:
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