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A Mayan Astronomer in Hell's Kitchen: Poems
     

A Mayan Astronomer in Hell's Kitchen: Poems

by Martin Espada
 

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ISBN-10: 0393321681

ISBN-13: 9780393321685

Pub. Date: 06/28/2001

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

"Martín Espada ....forges a new poetic language."—Dennis Loy Johnson, Pittsburgh Tribune
In his sixth collection, American Book Award winner Martín 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

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"Martín Espada ....forges a new poetic language."—Dennis Loy Johnson, Pittsburgh Tribune
In his sixth collection, American Book Award winner Martín 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 Carmen Miranda.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393321685
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
06/28/2001
Pages:
88
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.30(d)

Table of Contents

IA Tarantula in the Bananas
My Name Is Espada15
Preciosa Like a Last Cup of Coffee17
The Shiny Aluminum of God19
My Father As a Guitar22
For the Jim Crow Mexican Restaurant in Cambridge, Massachusetts Where My Cousin Esteban Was Forbidden to Wait Tables Because He Wears Dreadlocks23
Pegao25
The Governor of Puerto Rico Reveals at His Inaugural That He Is the Reincarnation of Ponce de Leon26
Ornithology at the Caribe Hilton28
The Rage of Plantation Days30
What Francisco Luis Espada Learned at Age Five, Standing on the Dock31
IIA Mayan Astronomer in Hell's Kitchen
The Mexican Cabdriver's Poem for His Wife, Who Has Left Him35
A Mayan Astronomer in Hell's Kitchen36
The Janitor's Garden37
The Death of Carmen Miranda39
The Community College Revises Its Curriculum in Response to Changing Demographics40
Thanksgiving41
Pitching the Potatoes43
Genuflection in Right Field45
The Ghost in the Trunk of the Car47
The Man Who Owns the Dumpster Owns the Books50
Ode to Your Earrings52
I Apologize for Giving You Poison Ivy by Smacking You in the Eye with the Crayfish at the End of My Fishing Line54
Why I Went to College56
IIIA Library of Lions
Crucifixion in the Plaza de Armas59
Companero Poet and the Surveillance of Sheep60
A Cigarette's Iris in the Eye of a Candle63
Anarchism and the Parking Meter66
The Carpenter Swam to Spain67
The Eleventh Reason70
Another Nameless Prostitute Says the Man Is Innocent74
Prisoner AM-8335 and His Library of Lions78
The River Will Not Testify80
Glossary83
Biographical Note86

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