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The Trouble Ball: Poems Hardcover – April 4, 2011
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“Espada’s avuncular charm—his warm, earnest, sly voice—finds intimacy in the lives of public figures and emblematic weight in his own stories . . . playful, earthy, both welcoming and ‘roaring’ its vision of inclusion and fairness. . . . [T]he book enacts this ethos beautifully.” — Antioch Review
About the Author
Martín Espada has received the Shelley Memorial Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He teaches at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst.
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THE TROUBLE BALL contains twenty-four poems by Martín Espada (born in 1957, in Brooklyn). Many of them are to varying degrees autobiographical, and most of them take up the cause of the oppressed and disadvantaged - socially, economically, and politically. According to the biographical note at the end of the volume, Espada has been called "the Latino poet of his generation", and, based on THE TROUBLE BALL, he surely is a compelling voice on behalf of Latinos.
The purist (reactionary?) in me objects to many of these pieces being called "poetry". To me, they are carefully crafted prose pieces broken up into lines of near equal length and printed without right-hand justification. Whether poetry or not, however, they are literature and most are effective. Five of them are special.
Here is one of the special poems, entitled "How to Read Ezra Pound":
At the poets' panel,
after an hour of poets
debating Ezra Pound,
Abe the Lincoln veteran,
the Spanish Civil War,
raised his hand and said:
If I knew
that a fascist
was a great poet,
I'd shoot him
("Abe the Lincoln veteran" is Abe Osheroff, who was a political activist for nearly eighty years before his death in 2008 at the age of ninety-two. He was in fact a veteran of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, in the Spanish Civil War. He is one of four activists to whom Espada dedicates THE TROUBLE BALL.)