Program #ESPM001. Recorded in Venice, CA on May 16, 1999.What is the relationship between poetry and politics? Martin Espada makes the connection. He says, Progressive politics must be imagined first, and poetry is a great way to do it. Oppressive social conditions, before they can be changed, must be named and condemned in words that persuade by stirring the emotions and awakening the senses. Poets from Whitman to Neruda to Ginsberg have articulated a vision and a language of political transformation.
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