Poetry Like Bread, New Expanded Edition: Poets of the Political Imagination from Curbstone Press
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Poetry Like Bread, New Expanded Edition: Poets of the Political Imagination from Curbstone Press

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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 collecti...more
Paperback, 332 pages
Published September 1st 2000 by Curbstone Books (first published March 1994)
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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.
An incredible bilingual anthology which contains one of my favorite poems ever . . .

Como Tú

by Roque Dalton

Yo, como tú,
amo el amor, la vida, el dulce encanto
de las cosas, el paisaje
celeste de los días de enero.

También mi sangre bulle
y río por los ojos
que han conocido el brote de las lágrimas.

Creo que el mundo es bello,
que la poesía es como el pan, de todos.

Y que mis venas no terminan en mí
sino en la sangre unánime
de los que luchan por la vida,
el amor,
las cosas,
el paisaje y el pan,
la poesía de t...more
Michael Mingo
All around a very solid collection of poems. I am especially glad to be introduced to the works of Paul Laraque and Sarah Menefee.
Real Supergirl
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.
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.
Jun 29, 2007 Sasha rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Totally a cool poetry book. He read at our school and he was a totally cool guy. I definitely recommend it to anyone.
Apr 09, 2008 Susan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Protestors
This book has many great poems for when you are in a revolutionary mood.
Powerful poetry from many perspectives.
amazing selection of amazing poems.
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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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