Poetry Like Bread by Martin Espada
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Poetry Like Bread
By Martin Espada

Poetry Like Bread

Poets of the Political Imagination from Curbstone Press New Expanded ed

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Poetry Like Bread by Martin Espada

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Poetry Like Bread contains poems by nearly forty poets published by the Curbstone Press during the last twenty years. These poets are probably unlike any you have studied. Their engagement with everyday political and economic realities is as direct as a newspaper, their language as familiar as conversation. Their motto, taken from Roque Dalton for the title of the collection, is that "poetry, like bread, is for everyone." These poems were not written to be studied. They were meant to be read. Or better yet, heard. Whole or in part. Alone or among friends and strangers. Reading and hearing them, you must respond and react. Some may inspire you, knock the wind out of you--make you indignant, sad, joyous, ashamed. Whether you drop this book, seek out others, join a social action group, write letters to your elected representatives, or write poems of your own, your reaction to the poems will be as political as the poems themselves. Some of the subjects of these poems may be unfamiliar to you, or very familiar to you. Many relate stories from war-torn Central and South America, where U. S. policy has had a huge impact on people's lives. The rest are the voices of the voiceless here in the U.S: Latinos and African Americans, Vietnam veterans and Vietnamese, prison inmates, blue collar workers, migrant workers, women, the homeless. It's the poet's job to open up and validate these worlds to us. Our job, once roused, is to learn. To learn and to act.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781880684740
ISBN-10: 1880684748
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 137mm x 25mm)
Pages: 332
Imprint: Curbstone Press,U.S.
Publisher: Curbstone Press,U.S.
Publish Date: 15-Sep-2000
Country of Publication: United States

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"The Necessary Poetics of Atheism" collects poems and essays by three award-winning contemporary poets who demonstrate how atheism informs their poetics: as "a vehicle of political protest" (Martin Espada), as a form of secular activism (Lauren Marie Schmidt) and as an aesthetic confrontation of a theistic worldview (J. D. Schraffenberger)."

Zapata's Disciple by Martin Espada Zapata's Disciple, Paperback (September 2016)

This new edition of Zapata s Disciple, which won the 1999 Independent Publisher Book Award for Creative Nonfiction/Memoir, opens with a new essay on this history of censorship and continues Espada s lifelong fight for freedom of expression."

Vivas to Those Who Have Failed by Martin Espada Vivas to Those Who Have Failed, Hardback (February 2016)

Award-winning poet Martin Espada gives voice to the spirit of endurance in the face of loss.

Trouble Ball by Martin Espada Trouble Ball, Paperback (December 2012)

"[An] important work ... inspiring its readers to greater human connection and to keep fighting the good fight."-The Rumpus

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Author Biography - Martin Espada

Martin Espada (born 1957) is a Latino poet, and professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he teaches poetry. Puerto Rico has frequently been featured as a theme in his poems.

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