Poetry Like Bread: Poets of the Political Imagination from Curbstone Pressby Martin Espada (Editor), Curbstone Press
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/i>/b>
From the Introduction to a Discussion Guide by Hugh Blumenfeld
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 collection, is that "poetry, like bread, is for everyone."
These poems were not written to be studied. They were meant to be read. Or better yet, heard. Whole or in part. Alone or among friends and strangers. Reading and hearing them, you must respond and react. Some may inspire you, knock the wind out of youmake you indignant, sad, joyous, ashamed. Whether you drop this book, seek out others, join a social action group, write letters to your elected representatives, or write poems of your own, your reaction to the poems will be as political as the poems themselves.
Some of the subjects of these poems may be unfamiliar to you, or very familiar to you. Many relate stories from war-torn Central and South America, where U. S. policy has had a huge impact on people's lives. The rest are the voices of the voiceless here in the U.S.: Latinos and African Americans, Vietnam veterans and Vietnamese, prison inmates, blue collar workers, migrant workers, women, the homeless. It's the poet's job to open up and validate these worlds to us. Our job, once roused, is to learn. To learn and to act.
Review of Poetry Like Bread
"Strength and integrity...unify these writers as they speak passionately on issues commonto all countries."-Publishers Weekly
"The poems here are full of surprises, grand themes grounded in the painful and triumphant particulars of each poet's life."-The Nation
"These are poems not so much of witness and survival as of defiance and resistance."-The Progressive
"Poetry Like Bread is an engrossing, readable, and highly passionate poetry anthology....It gives us poetry that sustains, that nourishes, and that is available to all. This a book that gives me hope for the futu
- Northwestern University Press
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