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Imagine the Angels of Bread : Poems - Martin Espada

Imagine the Angels of Bread

Poems

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Published: 17th November 1997
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Combining the personal with the political in his fifth collection, 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 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.

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

Acknowledgments
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: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 112
Published: 17th November 1997
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.8 x 14.0  x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.15