Zapata's Disciple: Essays


Martin Espada's commitment to equality and fairness is both courageous and controversial; his outspoken poems regularly touch off firestorms, as well as the occasional bomb threat. In his first collection of essays, the award-winning poet turns his sharp wit and fierce critical eye toward current political debates and culture wars. In his essay "All Things Censored", he describes how National Public Radio commissioned him to write a poem on any topic, then refused to air his work based on its political content. In another essay, he wittily exposes the Nike corporation's public relations use of poetry to divert attention away from their dismal labor and human rights record. Whether the subject is a few lines of poetry or acts of criminal proportions, Espada unleashes his words as beautiful, powerful weapons in the fight against hypocrisy, injustice, and apathy.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Cambridge, MA
Publication year:
  • 1998


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