Music, especially the driving polyrhythmic patters of Afro-Cuban jazz, influenced the structure of poet and novelist Pablo Medina’s Cubop City Blues (Grove Press, $25.00). Medina, born in Cuba, grew up in New York City. He explores the ways in which Cubans and Cuban culture have intersected with American culture and how these connections helped shape him as a person and a writer. “Medina has a keen eye for the ebb and flow of desire. . .”—Publishers Weekly. Medina is the author of twelve books of fiction, nonfiction, translation, and poetry, including the newest translation of Federico Garcia Lorca's A Poet in New York.