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Imagine the Angels of Bread : Poems - Martin Espada

Imagine the Angels of Bread


Paperback Published: 17th November 1997
ISBN: 9780393316865
Number Of Pages: 107

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Combining the personal with the political in his fifth collection of poems, Martin 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 here, digging latrines in Nicaragua or dealing with the life-threatening illness of an infant son. Other poems embrace themes of political persecution and transcendence; the cast of characters includes a friend from Chile who talked his way out of being shot by a firing squad. The culminating poem of the collection is an elegy for the Puerto Rican poet Clemente Soto Velez, imprisoned for his advocacy of independence for Puerto Rico: "Hands Without Irons Become Dragonflies."

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Martin Espada is well on his way to becoming the Latino poet of his generation.--Earl Shorris

The Trembling Puppetp. 23
Public School 190, Brooklyn 1963p. 25
The Sign in My Father's Handsp. 26
The Owl and the Lightningp. 28
Cada puerco tiene su sabadop. 30
Beloved Spicp. 32
The Pinata Painted with a Face like Minep. 33
Rednecksp. 35
The Hearse Driverp. 37
The Foreman's Walletp. 39
Do Not Put Dead Monkeys in the Freezerp. 41
The Bouncer's Confessionp. 43
Soliloquy in Gunpointp. 45
Four Sandwichesp. 46
My Cockroach Loverp. 48
My Twenty-Fifth Year Amazed the Astrologersp. 49
Thomas Jefferson and the Declaration of Food Stampsp. 51
The Meaning of the Shovelp. 53
The Chair in the Dragon's Mouthp. 55
Thieves of Lightp. 57
Offerings to an Ulcerated Godp. 60
My Native Costumep. 62
Her Toolboxp. 63
When the Leather Is a Whipp. 65
Because Clemente Means Mercifulp. 66
The Prisoners of Saint Lawrencep. 68
The Man Who Beat Hemingwayp. 69
Rain Delay: Toledo Mud Hens, July 8, 1994p. 71
All the People Who Are Now Red Treesp. 75
Sleeping on the Busp. 77
The Fugitive Poets of Fenway Parkp. 79
The Good Liar Meets His Executionersp. 82
Author's Note: Sing in the Voice of a God Even Atheists Can Hearp. 86
Sing in the Voice of a God Even Atheists Can Hearp. 87
Governor Wilson of California Talks in His Sleepp. 90
Huelgap. 91
Author's Note: Hands Without Irons Become Dragonfliesp. 92
Hands Without Irons Become Dragonfliesp. 93
Glossaryp. 103
Biographical Notep. 107
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ISBN: 9780393316865
ISBN-10: 0393316866
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 107
Published: 17th November 1997
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.8 x 14.05  x 0.99
Weight (kg): 0.15

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