Martin Espada





Martin Espada

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born
in Brooklyn, The United States
January 01, 1957

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Sandra Cisneros says: “Martín 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 Not ...more


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Alabanza: New and Selected ...
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Imagine the Angels of Bread...
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The Republic of Poetry
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City of Coughing and Dead R...
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A Mayan Astronomer in Hell'...
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Poetry Like Bread: Poets of...
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Rebellion Is the Circle of ...
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Zapata's Disciple: Essays
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El Coro: A Chorus Of Latino...
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Never pretend
to be a unicorn
by sticking a plunger on your head.”
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“Even the most political poem is an act of faith.”
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“A poem is not a pop-tart.”
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