Overall, these poems will be cherished by the likes of Ariel Dorfman ("What a tender, marvelous collection..."). They will not stir up anything at all, except the excitement of established-order literati, who tend to win a lot of national prizes, and indeed Espada isn't shy about letting us know about his "numerous awards." As this nation continues on its downhill plunge, do we really need more poets like Espada manning our university classrooms?
Martín Espada’s The Republic of Poetry
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