Review: Poetry Like Bread: Poets of the Political Imagination

Ed. Martin Espada

Curbstone Press USD $15:97

Star Rating: 5/5

This wonderful anthology of Latino and indigenous poems has been updated and is beautifully presented. Voices from across the Americas — from guerrilla combatants through to ordinary working people, all carrying the voice of the unanimous struggle for autonomy. These are the voices of the powerless rendered large. Rendered in English and Spanish, most verse in this collection are in open forms. All carry with them the exceptional music of América. Some funny, some beautiful, some tragic they encapsulate the a common cry for social justice and humanity. These verses are songs, polemic and a wild pulse. This is a volume to be cherished and read aloud. If you buy one anthology this year, make it this one.

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