Martín Espada Archive

Bullets into Bells: Gun Violence and the Nuance of Suffering

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Days before the fifth anniversary of the shooting at Newtown’s Sandy Hook Elementary school, Beacon Press published Bullets into Bells, an anthology of poetry and prose responding to gun violence. While one might argue such a collection runs the risk of poeticizing violence, it succeeds in quite the opposite.
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Editor’s Shelf: Winter 2012-2013 Issue

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Each Ploughshares issue contains book recommendations from our Advisory Editors.  Now, for the first time, we’re publishing an Editor’s Shelf selection on the Ploughshares blog.  Enjoy these recommendations by Martin Espada, DeWitt Henry, Philip Levine, Margot Livesey, and Antonya Nelson. Martin Espada recommends Psalms of the Dining Room by Lauren Schmidt:
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Martín Espada on Colonialism and the Poetry of Rebellion in Puerto Rico

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When I entered Poets House on May 31st for Martín Espada’s Home Page talk on Puerto Rican poetry, I carried with me a long-standing memory from Ernesto Quinoñez’s Bodega Dreams. Early in the novel from 2000, the narrator recalls his junior high school in Spanish Harlem: The whole time
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