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Crucifixion in the Plaza De Armas : poems

Author: Martín Espada
Publisher: Middlesbrough : Smokestack, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Poetry : English
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"Crucifixion in the Plaza de Armas is a collection of Martin Espada's Puerto Rico poems. Espada means 'sword' in Spanish, and the poet contemplates the meanings of his name for conquerors and rebels over the centuries. He writes of colonialism and the movement for independence, from the Ponce Massacre to the epic life of Clemente Soto Velez, a poet imprisoned for 'seditious conspiracy.' Espada also creates a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Poetry
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Martín Espada
ISBN: 9780955402814 0955402816
OCLC Number: 181069232
Description: 72 pages ; 20 cm
Contents: I. My Name is Espada --
My Name is Espada --
We Live by What We See at Night --
Coca-Cola and Coco Frio --
La Tumba de Buenaventura Roig --
Rage of Plantation Days --
Preciosa Like a Last Cup of Coffee --
Shiny Aluminum of God --
Inheritance of Waterfalls and Sharks --
Cada puerco tiene su sabado --
What Francisco Luis Espada Learned at Age Five, Standing on the Dock --
II. Crucifixion in the Plaza de Armas --
En la calle San Sebastian --
Crucifixion in the Plaza de Armas --
Ornithology at the Carribe Hilton --
Governor of Puerto Rico Reveals at his Inaugural that He is the Reincarnation of Ponce de Leon --
Pegao --
Face on the Envelope --
Janitor's Garden --
Colibri --
Caves of Camuy --
Savior is Abducted in Puerto Rico --
III. Hands Without Irons Become Dragonflies --
Now the Dead will Dance the Mambo --
Rebellion is the Circle of a Lover's Hands (Pellin and Nina) --
Admiral and the Snake --
Mariano Explains Yanqui Colonialism to Judge Collings --
Lover of a Subversive is Also a Subversive --
Cockroaches of Liberation --
Hands Without Irons Become Dragonflies.
Responsibility: by Martín Espada.

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"Crucifixion in the Plaza de Armas is a collection of Martin Espada's Puerto Rico poems. Espada means 'sword' in Spanish, and the poet contemplates the meanings of his name for conquerors and rebels over the centuries. He writes of colonialism and the movement for independence, from the Ponce Massacre to the epic life of Clemente Soto Velez, a poet imprisoned for 'seditious conspiracy.' Espada also creates a narrative of family, searching the mountains for the grave of his great-grandfather or bearing witness to the struggles of his cousins to survive. These poems insist on the details that give history a human face and resistance a human voice, finding transcendence in the music of African slaves, in the caves where spirits dwell, even in the miraculous mop of a janitor."--Jacket.

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