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Martín Espada and Afaa Weaver | Virtual Poetry Reading Series with Larry Robin
February 27 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pmFree
Moonstone Arts Center is proud to host Martin Espada and Afaa Weaver on Saturday, February 27th at 2:oo PM EST. Both authors will be reading selections from their newest publications. We hope to see you there!
Martín Espada’s newest book, Floaters, takes its title from a term used by certain Border Patrol agents to describe migrants who drown trying to cross over. The title poem responds to the viral photograph of Òscar and Valeria, a Salvadoran father and daughter who drowned in the Río Grande.
“Vintage Espada—essential, topical, political, irrepressible; in his poems, mercy acquires muscle and close attention confers value—reminding us that protest and praise rise from the same source. Such eloquence in comradeship, elegy and homage to those who lit the path, and, oh, a fresh bounty of love poems, written ‘not in lust but in astonishment.'”
— Eleanor Wilner
Afaa M. Weaver (尉雅風), has published 15 books of poetry, his awards include multiple Pushcarts, a Fulbright, the Beijing Writers’ Gold Friendship medal, the Kingsley Tufts, the Phyllis Wheatley award, and a Guggenheim. His poetry has been translated into Arabic and Chinese. Afaa is a lifelong student of Chinese language and culture.
“Afaa Michael Weaver reaffirms the value and necessity of a worker’s poetics in his latest collection, Spirit Boxing. Here, work is not celebrated for its own sake or merely derided as drudgery but is considered a primary source of hardship, solidarity, pain, pride, and joy.”
— The Literary Review
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