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From the winner of the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize come masterfully crafted narratives of protest, grief, and love.
In this collection, Martín Espada bears witness to confrontation with anti-immigrant bigotry as a tenant lawyer years ago, and now sings the praises of Central American adolescents playing soccer in an internment camp founded on that same bigotry. He knows that times of hate also call for poems of love—even in the voice of a Galápagos tortoise. Whether celebrating the visions of fallen dreamers and poets or condemning the devastation of Hurricane Maria in his father’s Puerto Rico, and the outrageous inadequacy of the government response, Espada invokes ferocious, incandescent spirits.
About the Author:
Martín Espada has published more than twenty books as a poet, editor, essayist, and translator, including the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Republic of Poetry. His many honors include the Ruth Lilly Prize, the Shelley Memorial Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Born in Brooklyn, he now lives in western Massachusetts.
Praise for previous works:
"Memorable, vital, heart-stopping poems…. Espada is an essentially American poet and the true son of Walt Whitman."-Alicia Ostriker
"Martín Espada is one of the few poets in our time who really matters."-Paul Mariani.