Saturday, September 22, 2007


Espada Rocked the House

Poet-essayist-translator-activist Martín Espada gave a terrific, rousing reading at Busboys and Poets on Thursday. Check out photos by Rachel Giffiths here. To a packed house, Espada ranged across his oeuvre, reading poems of Chile, farmworker resistance, the obligatory cockroach poem ("Every Puerto Rican poet has to have one") and ending with the magisterial "Imagine the Angels of Bread," which he dedicated to the activists. Very moving.
Martín Espada will be back in DC in March for Split This Rock. Don't miss it!

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