Thursday, September 06, 2007
Martín Espada Reading at Busboys Thurs Sept 20
DC Poets Against the War and Busboys & Poets Presents:
Poet-Essayist-Activist Martín Espada
Thursday, September 20, 6:30 pm
Free and open to the public. Wheelchair accessible.
Martín Espada has published a dozen books in all as a poet, essayist, editor and translator. His eighth collection of poems, The Republic of Poetry, was published by Norton in October, 2006. His last book, Alabanza: New and Selected Poems, 1982-2002 (Norton, 2003), received the Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement and was named an American Library Association Notable Book of the Year.
Espada will also be featured at Split This Rock Poetry Festival in DC in March, 2008 - http://www.splitthisrock.org/
The Republic of Poetry
a train full of poets
rolls south in the rain
as plum trees rock
and horses kick the air,
and village bands
parade down the aisle
with trumpets, with bowler hats,
followed by the president
of the republic,
shaking every hand.
In the republic of poetry,
monks print verses about the night
on boxes of monastery chocolate,
kitchens in restaurants
use odes for recipes
from eel to artichoke,
and poets eat for free.
poets read to the baboons
at the zoo, and all the primates,
poets and baboons alike, scream for joy.
poets rent a helicopter
to bombard the national palace
with poems on bookmarks,
and everyone in the courtyard
rushes to grab a poem
fluttering from the sky,
blinded by weeping.
the guard at the airport
will not allow you to leave the country
until you declaim a poem for her
and she says Ah! Beautiful.
from The Republic of Poetry
Read more poems here: http://www.martinespada.net/poems.htm