By Martín Espada

"An impressive selection of political poetry at its finest."—The Progressive, favourite Books of 2004

Alabanza is a twenty-year assortment charting the emergence of Martín Espada because the preeminent Latino lyric voice of his iteration. "Alabanza" capacity "praise" in Spanish, and Espada praises the folk Whitman known as "them the others are down upon": the African slaves who introduced their track to Puerto Rico; a jail inmate frightening brawls so he may write poetry in solitary confinement; a janitor and his solitary strike; Espada's personal father, who was once jailed in Mississippi for refusing to visit the again of the bus. The poet bears witness to demise and rebirth on the ruins of a famine village in eire, a city plaza in México welcoming a march of Zapatista rebels, and the court the place he labored as a tenant attorney. The identify poem can pay homage to the immigrant food-service staff who misplaced their lives within the assault at the international exchange middle. From the earliest out-of-print paintings to the seventeen new poems integrated the following, Espada celebrates the yank political mind's eye and the resilience of human dignity. Alabanza is the epic imaginative and prescient of a author who, within the phrases of Russell Banks, "is one of many handful of yank poets who're forging a brand new American language, one who tells the unwritten heritage of the continent, speaks fact to strength, and sings songs of selves we will be able to now not silence." An American Library organization impressive publication of 2003 and a 2003 ny Public Library e-book to Remember.

"To learn this paintings is to be struck breathless, and definitely, to come back away changed."—Barbara Kingsolver "Martín Espada is the Pablo Neruda of North American authors. If it was once as much as me, i would pick out him because the Poet Laureate of the United States."—Sandra Cisneros "With those new and chosen poems, you could seize how strong a poet Espada is—his variety, his compassion, his incredible photographs, his feel of historical past, his wisdom of the lives at the underbelly of towns, his vibrant anger, his tenderness, his humor. "—Marge Piercy "Espada's poems usually are not simply clarion calls to the guts and sense of right and wrong, but additionally splendidly crafted gems."—Julia Alvarez "A passionate, readable poetry that makes [Espada] arguably an important 'minority' U.S. poet given that Langston Hughes."—Booklist"Neruda is lifeless, but when Alabanza is any clue, his ghost lives via a poet named Martín Espada."—San Francisco Chronicle

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