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000505 Martin Espada - Zapata's Disciple

What is the relationship between poetry and politics? Martin Espada makes the connection. He says, Progressive politics must be imagined first. And poetry is a great way to do it. Oppressive social conditions, before they can be changed, must be named and condemned in words that persuade by stirring the emotions and awakening the senses. Poets from Whitman to Neruda to Ginsberg have articulated a vision and a language of political transformation.

Martin Espada is a leading and much honoured poet. His collection Imagine the Angels of Bread won the American Book Award. A former tenant lawyer, he now teaches in the Department of English at UMass/Amherst. His book Zapata's Disciple, taking its name from the Mexican revolutionary, is the winner of the 1999 Independent Publisher Book award.


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