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.
Recorded at the Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center.
Martin Espada is a leading poet. His collection Imagine the Angels of Bread won the American Book Award. He is the recipient of the National Hispanic Cultural Center Award. A former tenant lawyer, he teaches in the Department of English at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is the author of Zapata’s Disciple, A Mayan Astronomer in Hell’s Kitchen, The Trouble Ball and Alabanza.