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City of Coughing and Dead Radiators

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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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Aug 02, 2007 Donnie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
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I read this book in preparation for his reading at Bucks County Community College. Holy Crap he can read. He is so wonderful and so talented.
Megan E. McCarthy
Jan 05, 2014 Megan E. McCarthy rated it it was amazing
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
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.
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Jan 26, 2016 ben adam rated it really liked it
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Great book by a revolutionary author who was still finding his voice with this book. Near the end, the poems started getting formulaic.
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Imagistic and narrative, this collection presents real life without sappy sentiment or preaching. The organization and some of the longer poems didn't work for me, but overall, a fantastic collection.
Jul 13, 2009 Jeff rated it liked it
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Although a good collection of his earlier poetry, I felt that the later book, Imagine the Angels of Bread, much more expressive, honest, and accessible. I felt much more empathy towards his stories in the later collection.
Mar 19, 2012 Elizabeth rated it liked it
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Decent, not spectacular. Not sure why there's a glossary included; pretty much all the Spanish is clear in context.

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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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