Tuesday, May 08, 2012

News at Eleven: "Poets can perform various functions,"

he [Martin Espada] said. "They can be a historian when elements of history remain hidden, a journalist when the truth is not being told or a community organizer when organizing is what we need."

In the poetry he read, Espada commented most pointedly on social issues in "Crucificixion in the Plaza de Armas," about a black man's protest against racism, and in "Imagine the Angels of Bread," about a year when justice is brought to the world to reward the hungry and meek.

from The Dartmouth: Espada's Puerto Rican-influenced poetry highlights religion


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