Poetry Like Bread: Poets of the Political Imagination from Curbstone Press

Poetry Like Bread: Poets of the Political Imagination from Curbstone Press

Martín Espada / Feb 29, 2020
Poetry Like Bread Poets of the Political Imagination from Curbstone Press Completely unique among poetry anthologies Poetry Like Bread contains works by poets whose imaginations are political These are poets which include political activists revolutionaries guerilla comb
  • Title: Poetry Like Bread: Poets of the Political Imagination from Curbstone Press
  • Author: Martín Espada
  • ISBN: 9781880684153
  • Page: 189
  • Format: Paperback
  • Completely unique among poetry anthologies, Poetry Like Bread contains works by poets whose imaginations are political These are poets which include political activists, revolutionaries, guerilla combatants, and ordinary working people from around the world whose works are united in a desire for a world where human needs are met and justice is pursued.
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    About "Martín Espada"

      • Martín Espada

        Sandra Cisneros says Mart n Espada is the Pablo Neruda of North American authors Espada was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1957 He has published thirteen books in all as a poet, essayist, editor and translator His eighth collection of poems, The Republic of Poetry, was published by Norton in October, 2006 Of this new collection, Samuel Hazo writes Espada unites in these poems the fierce allegiances of Latin American poetry to freedom and glory with the democratic tradition of Whitman, and the result is a poetry of fire and passionate intelligence His last book, Alabanza New and Selected Poems, 1982 2002 Norton, 2003 , received the Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement and was named an American Library Association Notable Book of the Year An earlier collection, Imagine the Angels of Bread Norton, 1996 , won an American Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award Other books of poetry include A Mayan Astronomer in Hell s Kitchen Norton, 2000 , City of Coughing and Dead Radiators Norton, 1993 , and Rebellion is the Circle of a Lover s Hands Curbstone, 1990 He has received numerous awards and fellowships, including the Robert Creeley Award, the Antonia Pantoja Award, an Independent Publisher Book Award, a Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award, the Charity Randall Citation, the Paterson Poetry Prize, the PEN Revson Fellowship and two NEA Fellowships He recently received a 2006 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, Harper s, The Nation, and The Best American Poetry He has also published a collection of essays, Zapata s Disciple South End, 1998 edited two anthologies, Poetry Like Bread Poets of the Political Imagination from Curbstone Press Curbstone, 1994 and El Coro A Chorus of Latino and Latina Poetry University of Massachusetts, 1997 and released an audiobook of poetry on CD, called Now the Dead will Dance the Mambo Leapfrog, 2004 Much of his poetry arises from his Puerto Rican heritage and his work experiences, ranging from bouncer to tenant lawyer Espada is a professor in the Department of English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he teaches creative writing and the work of Pablo Neruda.


    213 Comments

    1. These are not poems that flinch from addressing the painful and difficult They are often prophetic poems or angry poems or grieving poems But they all feed the spirit facing tyranny and injustice.


    2. An incredible bilingual anthology which contains one of my favorite poems ever Como T by Roque DaltonYo, como t ,amo el amor, la vida, el dulce encantode las cosas, el paisajeceleste de los d as de enero.Tambi n mi sangre bulley r o por los ojosque han conocido el brote de las l grimas.Creo que el mundo es bello,que la poes a es como el pan, de todos.Y que mis venas no terminan en m sino en la sangre un nimede los que luchan por la vida,el amor,las cosas, el paisaje y el pan,la poes a de todos. [...]



    3. An excellent anthology of distinctly political poetry Translated from Spanish and mostly by Central American poets, these works are by poets I would never have found otherwise, and include Espada s work himself, which is equally wonderful What I love is that it captures the heart and soul of the working classes, and shows brilliantly how poetry can be found I would argue even NEEDS to be found in day to day, mundane existence.




    4. This is an inspirational compilation There are diverse and heart rendering perspectives on life, death, love, politics, and war It is one of the 5 books that I take with me almost constantly.


    5. All around a very solid collection of poems I am especially glad to be introduced to the works of Paul Laraque and Sarah Menefee.



    6. Totally a cool poetry book He read at our school and he was a totally cool guy I definitely recommend it to anyone.


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