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Video: Martín Espada reads “Imagine the Angels of Bread”


As a poet, essayist, translator, editor, and attorney, Martín Espada has dedicated much of his career to the pursuit of social justice, including fighting for Latino rights and reclaiming the historical record. Espada’s critically acclaimed collections of poetry celebrate—and lament—the immigrant and working class experience. Whether narrating the struggles of Puerto Ricans and Chicanos as they adjust to life in the United States, or chronicling the battles Central and South American Latinos have waged against their own repressive governments, Espada has put “otherness,” powerlessness, and poverty, into poetry that is at once moving and exquisitely imagistic. “Espada’s books have consistently contributed to … unglamorous histories of the struggle against injustice and misfortune,” noted David Charlton in the National Catholic Reporter. The author of over ten collections of poetry and several books of essays, multiple translations of Chicano and Latino authors, and as editor of influential anthologies like El Coro (1997) and Poetry Like Bread (2000), Espada “has provided a good, useful vehicle for disseminating [a] broader cultural awareness” praised Library Journal contributor Lawrence Olszewski.

For a longer bio of Martín Espada from The Poetry Foundation, click here.

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3 comments on “Video: Martín Espada reads “Imagine the Angels of Bread”

  1. randomyriad
    April 29, 2017

    Reblogged this on Myriad Ways and commented:
    Maybe not this year, but sometime soon. Let’s make it so. Or as close to this as possible.


  2. Charlie Brice
    April 29, 2017

    Thanks so much for posting this poem. It’s one of my favorite Espada poems. This is a relatively early recording; his voice is much deeper now. I saw him some years ago at the Dodge Poetry Festival and he was reciting with a jazz band behind him, a truly exciting event! When I think of the sublime, I think of Martin Espada.

    Liked by 1 person

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