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Poetry Like Bread contains poems by nearly forty poets published by the Curbstone Press during the last twenty years. These poets are probably unlike any you have studied. Their engagement with everyday political and economic realities is as direct as a newspaper, their language as familiar as conversation. Their motto, taken from Roque Dalton for the title of the collection, is that "poetry, like bread, is for everyone."

These poems were not written to be studied. They were meant to be read. Or better yet, heard. Whole or in part. Alone or among friends and strangers. Reading and hearing them, you must respond and react. Some may inspire you, knock the wind out of you--make you indignant, sad, joyous, ashamed. Whether you drop this book, seek out others, join a social action group, write letters to your elected representatives, or write poems of your own, your reaction to the poems will be as political as the poems themselves.

Some of the subjects of these poems may be unfamiliar to you, or very familiar to you. Many relate stories from war-torn Central and South America, where U. S. policy has had a huge impact on people's lives. The rest are the voices of the voiceless here in the U.S: Latinos and African Americans, Vietnam veterans and Vietnamese, prison inmates, blue collar workers, migrant workers, women, the homeless. It's the poet's job to open up and validate these worlds to us. Our job, once roused, is to learn. To learn and to act.

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Since 1975, Curbstone Press has published works by a unique group of writers: political activists, revolutionaries, guerrilla combatants, as well as ordinary working people, from the U.S., Latin America, and throughout the world. What all share is an affinity for that place "where art and politics intersect." Unique among poetry anthologies, Poetry Like Bread presents poets whose imaginations are political. These are poets whose works are united in a desire for a world where human needs are met and justice is pursued. The poets here moved Rigoberta Menchu to comment "With bold and simple words, they speak to us of the women and men who build hope every day."

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Martín Espada (born 1957) is a Latino poet, and professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he teaches poetry. Puerto Rico has frequently been featured as a theme in his poems.

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K Magill, June 2, 2008 (view all comments by K Magill)
Espada's winderfully accessible anthology, compiled with such passion and a sense of justice, is an inspiration for poets, activists and readers from all walks of life. Global in scope but with an emphasis on the Americas, Poetry like Bread is overflowing with gems: tried-and-true classics alongside the works of lesser-known poets like the Salvadoran revolutionary Roque Dalton, whose work was published posthumously after his death at a very young age fighting in the Salvadoran revolution. This one is an absolute necessity for anyone with an interest in the intersection of poetic consciousness and social consciousness, and a wonderful text for use in high school or college literature classes!
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Espada, Martin
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Curbstone Press
Location:
Willimantic, CT
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
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Political poetry
Subject:
Poetry -Anthologies
Copyright:
Edition Number:
25
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series Volume:
no. 158]
Publication Date:
20000931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
332
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.4 in

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"Synopsis" by , Since 1975, Curbstone Press has published works by a unique group of writers: political activists, revolutionaries, guerrilla combatants, as well as ordinary working people, from the U.S., Latin America, and throughout the world. What all share is an affinity for that place "where art and politics intersect." Unique among poetry anthologies, Poetry Like Bread presents poets whose imaginations are political. These are poets whose works are united in a desire for a world where human needs are met and justice is pursued. The poets here moved Rigoberta Menchu to comment "With bold and simple words, they speak to us of the women and men who build hope every day."
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