Contrast of Two Cities – Providence and Santo Domingo
To be born, to be educated, socially and professionally in a city and to be established, developed and materialize your dreams in another large city geographically far away, looks to be the general characteristics of the migratory instinct. Even more so, in this globalized world we are lucky to live in. The love for both cities can establish links in the values that are settled in the author’s soul. It turns out to be charming and surprising that historical similarities can be found in conglomerates of humans separated by distance, time, culture and language. Ms Ana Arelys Cruz Cabrera keeps Santo Domingo intact in her heart that she shares with Providence, capital of the state where she resides.
She feels proud of the history of both cities, especially that both cities defended,with courage, the right and dignity of the natives of this continent, which the European colonizers called the New World. This exercise of love was able to detect the important basis for the foundation of these cities, the faith, the love for liberty and the capacity to establish a place different to the ancestors of the founders.
The same way it display similarities, it also show us the differences, that in this case, do not create discrepancies but are colors that contribute to give equilibrium and strength to the portrait painted by the author.
"Two cities, two sceneries, two histories and only one heart. This book is an exercise of the love which stands on the basic points of societies: faith, liberty, patriotism, family, dignity, and strong vocation for liberty. This book is a tribute to the birth city and to the city that has adopted her and in which has materialized the purpose of her life."
Kim Sanchez Fernandez Cultural Adviser of the Cluster Turistico de Santo Domingo
About Ana Arelys Cruz Cabrera (Rhode Island Author)
In 2013, Ms. Cruz Cabrera published 3 historical books contrasting the cities of Providence and Santo Domingo, historically and culturally. The Tourist Guide, Santo Domingo and Providence was the third book published by this versatile poet and author, a pictorial book presenting the historical tourist attractions of both Rhode Island and Dominican Republic.
In 2014, Cruz Cabrera launched her 4th book and first poetry anthology in the city of Cranston which contains patriotic, family, elegy, love poems and sonnets; but most importantly, The Anthem to the Fathers dedicated to all the fathers of the world. This musical production was first launched in Boston; and a year later, with a new production and musical arrangement in the city of Cranston were she resides.
In 2013, she was recognized for her poetic work and was invited to be the Keynote Speaker at the 2013 Dominican Independence and Heritage Award of Rhode Island. In 2014, she was distinguished for her community leadership role and contribution to the literature through her poems by the Latina Leadership Institute. She is a very passionate declaimer capable of transmitting her feelings to the audience. Ms. Cruz Cabrera is currently the president of the Dominican Independence and Heritage Award Committee of Rhode Island (DIHACRI), organization which celebrates the talents of the Dominican residing in RI. She is one of the finalist to become Rhode Island Poet Laureate, pending since January 9, 2016.