The poet Martín Espada has been called “the Pablo Neruda of North America.” His is a voice of conscience, of memory, of living history. Today, he joins host Allen Ruff to read a selection of his poems on the air and discuss what motivates and informs his work as a voice for the voiceless.
Martín Espada is professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He has written many poetry collections, most recently Vivas to Those Who Have Failed, a cycle of sonnets about the Paterson Silk Strike. Two of his recent poems about migrant detention at the U.S.-Mexico border were published in The Progressive Magazine online, available here.
Cover photo by David González