Poetry Like Bread: Poets of the Political Imagination from Curbstone Press

Poetry Like Bread: Poets of the Political Imagination from Curbstone Press

Poetry Like Bread Poets of the Political Imagination from Curbstone Press 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

  • Title: Poetry Like Bread: Poets of the Political Imagination from Curbstone Press
  • Author: Martín Espada Curbstone Press
  • ISBN: 9781880684740
  • Page: 473
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 collectiPoetry 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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    These are not poems that flinch from addressing the painful and difficult. They are often prophetic poems or angry poems or grieving poems. But they all feed the spirit facing tyranny and injustice.

    An incredible bilingual anthology which contains one of my favorite poems ever . . . Como Túby Roque DaltonYo, como tú,amo el amor, la vida, el dulce encantode las cosas, el paisajeceleste de los días de enero.También mi sangre bulley río por los ojosque han conocido el brote de las lágrimas.Creo que el mundo es bello,que la poesía es como el pan, de todos.Y que mis venas no terminan en mísino en la sangre unánimede los que luchan por la vida,el amor,las cosas, el paisaje y el pan,la po [...]

    An excellent anthology of distinctly political poetry. Translated from Spanish and mostly by Central American poets, these works are by poets I would never have found otherwise, and include Espada's work himself, which is equally wonderful. What I love is that it captures the heart and soul of the working classes, and shows brilliantly how poetry can be found - I would argue even NEEDS to be found - in day to day, mundane existence.

    This is an inspirational compilation. There are diverse and heart rendering perspectives on life, death, love, politics, and war. It is one of the 5 books that I take with me almost constantly.

    All around a very solid collection of poems. I am especially glad to be introduced to the works of Paul Laraque and Sarah Menefee.

    Totally a cool poetry book. He read at our school and he was a totally cool guy. I definitely recommend it to anyone.

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