A Mayan Astronomer in Hell's Kitchen: Poems
In his sixth collection, American Book Award winner Martin Espada has created a poetic mural. There are conquerors, slaves, and rebels from Caribbean history; the "Mayan astronomer" calmly smoking a cigarette in the middle of a New York tenement fire; a nun staging a White House vigil to protest her torture; a man on death row mourning the loss of his books; and even Carme...more
Paperback, 83 pages
Published June 17th 2001 by W. W. Norton & Company
(first published 2000)
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Overall, I’m blown away. Espada’s stamina, for one, in consistently and continually creating solid images out of beautifully chosen words is just insane. The man is a wordsmith like no other. Take for instance, the first poem of this collection. With “My Name is Espada,” our poet takes virtually every digression possible within the context of the word “espada” (while yet never seeming to actually diverge from the point) to give the audience the fullest extent of historical and hereditary knowled...more
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...moreMore about Martin Espada...