Martin Espada has published seventeen books as poet, translator and publisher and his poetry and writings display a deep commitment to issues of social justice, political activism and human rights. For many years Espada worked as a tenancy lawyer in a legal service in a neighbor legal services program. An interview with Martin Espada can be read here.
Martin Espada was born in Brooklyn. His poem the Sign in My Father's Hands was written about his father who was a leader in the Puerto Rican community and civil rights movement. The poem The Soldiers in the Garden is from his book The Republic of Poetry.
The Sign in My Father’s Hands
by Martín Espada
—for Frank Espada
“The Sign in My Father’s Hands” is from Imagine the Angels of Bread. Copyright © 1996 by Martin Espada.
The Soldiers in the GardenIsla Negra, Chile, September 1973
“The Soldiers in the Garden” is from The Republic of Poetry (Norton), copyright 2006 by Martín Espada