Vivas to Those Who Have Failed
Place Published: New York
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Date Published: 2016
Edition: First edition
Book Id: 45697
94pp. Octavo [21.5 cm] in boards with jacket.
From the publisher: "In this powerful new collection of poems, Martín Espada articulates the transcendent vision of another, possible world. He invokes the words of Whitman in '"Vivas to Those Who Have Failed,'" a cycle of sonnets about the Paterson Silk Strike and the immigrant laborers who envisioned an eight-hour workday. At the heart of this volume is a series of ten poems about the death of the poet's father. '"El Moriviví"' uses the metaphor of a plant that grows in Puerto Rico to celebrate the many lives of Frank Espada, community organizer, civil rights activist, and documentary photographer, from a jailhouse in Mississippi to the streets of Brooklyn."