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Publisher Comments:

The heart of this collection is a cycle of Chile poems by "the Pablo Neruda of North American authors" (Sandra Cisneros).

In his eighth collection of poems, Martín Espada celebrates the power of poetry itself. The Republic of Poetry is a place of odes and elegies, collective memory and hidden history, miraculous happenings and redemptive justice. Here poets return from the dead, visit in dreams, even rent a helicopter to drop poems on bookmarks.

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"Espada's compact, forceful follow-up to his well-received new-and-selected, Alabanza (2004), describes, in its three parts, three versions of his 'republic.' The first is Chile, where the Massachusetts-based, Brooklyn-bred poet has recently traveled, and where poets past and present (Neruda among them) reacted to the atrocities of the Pinochet dictatorship, hoping their verse could 'make the soldiers/ vanish from the garden.' The second 'republic' unites the poets, from various lands, whom Espada has admired — the lately deceased Robert Creeley, the South African protest poet Dennis Brutus and all those who have used their verse to speak for social justice: 'I want to write,' Espada explains, 'a poem useful as a coat to a coughing man.' Finally, there is the American republic, heir to democratic ideals traduced or shattered (in Espada's view) by the current administration and its wars, though 'Sometimes a song drifts up/ through.../ machine guns and sobbing.' Espada (himself of Puerto Rican descent) remains one of the nation's best-known and most outspoken Latino poets." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

The heart of this collection is a cycle of Chile poems by "the Pablo Neruda of North American authors" (Sandra Cisneros).

Synopsis:

In his eighth collection of poems, Martin Espada celebrates the power of poetry itself. The Republic of Poetry is a place of odes and elegies, collective memory and hidden history, miraculous happenings and redemptive justice. Here poets return from the dead, visit in dreams, even rent a helicopter to drop poems on bookmarks.

About the Author

Martín Espada is the winner of an American Book Award. He teaches at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393062564
Subtitle:
Poems
Author:
Espada, Martin
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20061017
Binding:
Hardcover
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
63
Dimensions:
8 x 6 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Espada's compact, forceful follow-up to his well-received new-and-selected, Alabanza (2004), describes, in its three parts, three versions of his 'republic.' The first is Chile, where the Massachusetts-based, Brooklyn-bred poet has recently traveled, and where poets past and present (Neruda among them) reacted to the atrocities of the Pinochet dictatorship, hoping their verse could 'make the soldiers/ vanish from the garden.' The second 'republic' unites the poets, from various lands, whom Espada has admired — the lately deceased Robert Creeley, the South African protest poet Dennis Brutus and all those who have used their verse to speak for social justice: 'I want to write,' Espada explains, 'a poem useful as a coat to a coughing man.' Finally, there is the American republic, heir to democratic ideals traduced or shattered (in Espada's view) by the current administration and its wars, though 'Sometimes a song drifts up/ through.../ machine guns and sobbing.' Espada (himself of Puerto Rican descent) remains one of the nation's best-known and most outspoken Latino poets." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , The heart of this collection is a cycle of Chile poems by "the Pablo Neruda of North American authors" (Sandra Cisneros).
"Synopsis" by , In his eighth collection of poems, Martin Espada celebrates the power of poetry itself. The Republic of Poetry is a place of odes and elegies, collective memory and hidden history, miraculous happenings and redemptive justice. Here poets return from the dead, visit in dreams, even rent a helicopter to drop poems on bookmarks.
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