. . . I grew up in an activist household. . . Resistance
was as natural as breathing. . . .
~ Martin Espada
Poet Martin Espada recently was interviewed at Democracy Now. For those unfamiliar with Espada, who has a legal background, the interview, recorded in the video below, is a good introduction. (Also see the PEN America interview to which I link below.) Espada reads several poems from his new collection, Vivas To Those Who Have Failed (W.W. Norton, 2016); the first is "How We Could Have Lived or Died This Way" and the second, "El Morivivi", was written for his father Frank Espada (1930-2014), a photojournalist, activist, and teacher.
Espada, in addition to being a prolific poet, is an essayist, translator, and editor. Some of his other collections are The Trouble Ball (2011), The Republic of Poetry (2006), a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and Alabanza: New & Selected Poems 1982-2002 (2003). Selections of poems from these collections are available on Espada's Website.