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Martín Espada

Martín Espada has published more than twenty books as a poet, essayist, and translator. He is the editor of the poetry collection What Saves Us: Poems of Empathy and Outrage in the Age of Trump and a professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His poem in this issue will appear in his forthcoming collection, Floaters.

— From October 2020
The Dog-Eared Page

Letter To My Father

Stride from the crowd to seize the president’s arm before another roll of paper towels sails away. Thunder Spanish obscenities in his face. Banish him to a roofless rainstorm in Utuado, so he unravels, one soaked sheet after another, till there is nothing left but his cardboard heart.

October 2020
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