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Posts Tagged: Martin Espada

The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #203: Molly Spencer

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“I would say the primary role of speech in these poems is to attempt something. To try.”

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Notable Chicago: 11/1–11/7

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Literary events in and around Chicago this week!

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Weekend Rumpus Roundup

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First, Brandon Hicks mocks the electoral process in his illustrated narrative, “God Is Dead: Campaign Coverage.” Then, in the Saturday Essay, Kade Walker remembers her grandmother, a private woman of Jamaican descent who is too proud to tell her family she has cancer. Her secretiveness creates an additional layer of mystery around Walker’s memories of her. Next, […]

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Does Poetry Matter?

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Yesterday’s New York Times posed this question to poetry superstars Tracy K. Smith, Martin Espada, William Logan, Paul Muldoon, Sandra Beasley, Patrick Rosal, and our own David Biespiel. Whether by “educat[ing] the senses,” combatting irony, or “ritualiz[ing] human life,” suffice it to say, the answer is Yes.

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