Spanish Omelet

Into Caracas' tiny Hogar Americano lecture hall one night last week filed 150 smartly dressed Venezuelans. The evening's attraction: recitations from their own works by a four-man road company of Spanish poets. It was one of several "cultural" sideshows currently touring Latin America to illumine the beauties of Francisco Franco's Hispanidad. The mistress of ceremonies, a local poetess named Alicia Larralde de Ferrero, did not observe that more than a dozen uninvited guests had joined the audience.

After a few words of introduction from Doña Alicia, Poet Antonio Zubiaurre launched into his...

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