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Poetry Like Bread: 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, New Expanded Edition, 330 pages
Published September 1st 2000 by Curbstone Books (first published March 1994)
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Naomi
Nov 08, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
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.
Deneene
Aug 31, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
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
Real Supergirl
Jan 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
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.
Susan
Apr 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Protestors
This book has many great poems for when you are in a revolutionary mood.
Tim
Sep 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Powerful poetry from many perspectives.
Hannah
Oct 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Michael Mingo
Jun 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All around a very solid collection of poems. I am especially glad to be introduced to the works of Paul Laraque and Sarah Menefee.
Jennifer
Dec 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
amazing selection of amazing poems.
Sasha
Jun 29, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone!
Shelves: schoolbooks
Totally a cool poetry book. He read at our school and he was a totally cool guy. I definitely recommend it to anyone.
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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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