From Library Journal
Noted poet Espada (Imagine the Angels of Bread, LJ 6/1/96), a professor of English at the University of Massachusetts and editor of El Coro: A Chorus of Latino and Latina Poets (LJ 10/15/97), now displays his talent for passionate yet unsentimental prose in 11 essays on topics such as the right to speak Spanish in the United States and poetry at the service of political activism. With the vivid motif of an Anglo ventriloquist and his dummy?a Latino male?one essay points out that Puerto Rican males have been stereotyped as sexist and violent. While Espada calls this unfair, he feels that he, too, has acted out this role and admits that "sometimes a belly laugh is infinitely more revolutionary than the howl of outrage." Another essay, about the hostile "English Only" movement, relies on playfulness, anger, and compassion. Espada, whose activist father was likened to a disciple of Zapata, offers the same tough vision with these enlightening essays. Recommended.?Rebecca Martin, Northern Illinois Univ., DeKalb
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"In this incandescent book, Espada cross-pollinates passion, poetry, and politics, with fertile results." -- Publishers Weekly
"Noted poet Espada...now displays his talent for passionate yet unsentimental prose in 11 essays...[which] offer...[a] tough vision." -- Library Journal