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"With this fine new collection," says Library Journal, Martín Espada "joins the top ranks of poets anywhere"; in the words of Earl Shorris, he is "well on his way to becoming the Latino poet of his generation."
Paperback, 96 pages
Published September 17th 1994 by W. W. Norton & Company
(first published 1993)
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Only one or two poems in this collection didn't pack a proper wallop-- the majority of them are Espada doing his beautiful thing to utter perfection. There is a realness to his poetry that I have never encountered in any other poet. After reading the best of them, which are a page long at most, I feel as though I have just come away from watching an entire movie, because every character and piece of the story is so vivid in my mind. If you like poetry that will teach you something about the worl ...more
Mar 04, 2016 Karen rated it really liked it
I read this slowly, over the course of the last few weeks, after seeing Espada's name mentioned in a list of favorite poems by young writers of color. I'm not a big poetry reader, and I hadn't read his work before. Dug it, would read again.
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 Martín Espada...