Imagine the Angels of Bread: Poems

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"Don't let this book pass you by!"—Library Journal
Combining the personal with the political in his fifth collection, Martín Espada celebrates the bread of the imagination, the bread of the table, and the bread of justice. The heart of the collection is a series of autobiographical poems recalling family, school, neighborhood, and work experiences-from bouncer to tenant lawyer. There are moments of revelation and political transcendence here, which culminate in an elegy for the Puerto Rican poet Clemente Soto ...

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Overview

"Don't let this book pass you by!"—Library Journal
Combining the personal with the political in his fifth collection, Martín Espada celebrates the bread of the imagination, the bread of the table, and the bread of justice. The heart of the collection is a series of autobiographical poems recalling family, school, neighborhood, and work experiences-from bouncer to tenant lawyer. There are moments of revelation and political transcendence here, which culminate in an elegy for the Puerto Rican poet Clemente Soto Velez, imprisoned for his advocacy of independence for Puerto Rico.

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Editorial Reviews

Earl Shorris
“Martín Espada is well on his way to becoming the Latino poet of his generation.”
Library Journal
In this fourth book, Espada "evokes the Hispanic experience in language at once brutal and luminiscent" (LJ 6/1/96). Definitely a poet to watch.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393316865
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/1997
  • Pages: 108
  • Sales rank: 1,023,070
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Martín Espada's The Republic of Poetry was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, teaches at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst and lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
The Trembling Puppet 23
Public School 190, Brooklyn 1963 25
The Sign in My Father's Hands 26
The Owl and the Lightning 28
Cada puerco tiene su sabado 30
Beloved Spic 32
The Pinata Painted with a Face like Mine 33
Rednecks 35
The Hearse Driver 37
The Foreman's Wallet 39
Do Not Put Dead Monkeys in the Freezer 41
The Bouncer's Confession 43
Soliloquy in Gunpoint 45
Four Sandwiches 46
My Cockroach Lover 48
My Twenty-Fifth Year Amazed the Astrologers 49
Thomas Jefferson and the Declaration of Food Stamps 51
The Meaning of the Shovel 53
The Chair in the Dragon's Mouth 55
Thieves of Light 57
Offerings to an Ulcerated God 60
My Native Costume 62
Her Toolbox 63
When the Leather Is a Whip 65
Because Clemente Means Merciful 66
The Prisoners of Saint Lawrence 68
The Man Who Beat Hemingway 69
Rain Delay: Toledo Mud Hens, July 8, 1994 71
All the People Who Are Now Red Trees 75
Sleeping on the Bus 77
The Fugitive Poets of Fenway Park 79
The Good Liar Meets His Executioners 82
Author's Note: Sing in the Voice of a God Even Atheists Can Hear 86
Sing in the Voice of a God Even Atheists Can Hear 87
Governor Wilson of California Talks in His Sleep 90
Huelga 91
Author's Note: Hands Without Irons Become Dragonflies 92
Hands Without Irons Become Dragonflies 93
Glossary 103
Biographical Note 107
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