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Imagine the Angels of Bread: Poems

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Combining the personal with the political in his fifth collection, Martín Espada celebrates the bread of the imagination, the bread of the table, and the bread of justice. The heart of the collection is a series of autobiographical poems recalling family, school, neighborhood, and work experiences-from bouncer to tenant lawyer. There are moments of revelation and political ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published November 17th 1997 by W. W. Norton & Company
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Lauren
Dec 07, 2008 Lauren rated it it was amazing
This was my introduction to Espada's work - he came to my high school to talk to us and lead a poetry writing workshop, and signed my copy of the book, and I have gone back to it and followed his work over the years. I teach poems from this collection to my students, and I revisit them often, and I truly hope that Espada gains more recognition as the years go by. At the risk of sounding harsh, I seem to encounter a lot of poetry being published today that... just isn't that good. This is differe ...more
Brian
Mar 18, 2016 Brian rated it really liked it
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Martín Espada's poetry edifies, troubles, knifes, caresses, mourns, dances, blesses, damns, and breathes righteous fire, and he is the finest poet I've personally ever had the pleasure to encounter. His is a living poetry, engaged with real and immediate matters of the world: rebellion, freedom, the deadening bludgeon of slavery, and of bureaucracy, the staggering beauty to be found in seemingly simple things... and somehow, as he weaves through such weighty matter, he manages to also be riotous ...more
April
Jul 12, 2015 April rated it it was ok
I didn't particularly care for this book myself. I bought it a number of years ago as a required book for a poetry class I was taking. I don't recall needing it much but thought that since I had had to buy it I'd eventually read the whole thing.
Andrew Naylor
May 11, 2015 Andrew Naylor rated it did not like it
The song is better
Jade Kranz
Oct 14, 2011 Jade Kranz rated it really liked it
A subversive collection of poems, both jarring and intimate, which explores themes of oppression and humanism in the US and Latin America. Espada has the charged voice of a ground-level witness with a bird's-eye view. I found this book eye-opening and moving, a worthwhile read.
Korri
Apr 26, 2012 Korri added it
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Espada's poems are full of compassion and humanity and, on occasion, moments of luminosity and transcendence. No matter how autobiographical or how general the subject, each poem is a clarion call for social justice.

Favorites:
'Public School 190, Brooklyn 1963'
'Sleeping on the Bus'
Bonita
Mar 25, 2013 Bonita rated it it was amazing
First time reading Martin. As a reader I instantly connected with his experiences and his father's experiences. We are not that much unalike.
Reading as a student of poetry, I enjoyed his imagery, the way he expands the surroundings of the poem.
Ryan
Sep 29, 2008 Ryan rated it it was amazing
Sandra Cisneros said that, if it was up to her, Espada would be the poet laureate of the United States. Here's to hoping that someday it's up to her . . .
Jay
Feb 12, 2008 Jay rated it really liked it
i prefer to imagine the angels of hamburger, but i'm not puerto rican.
Phyllis
Nov 16, 2007 Phyllis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The poem Imagine the Angels of Bread is my favorite poem ever.
Matt
Apr 24, 2008 Matt rated it it was amazing
Excellent. And I don't even really like poetry.
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I love this man. Everything he touches.
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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 al ...more
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