Just the other day, I received a copy of Martin Espada’s new collection of poems Crucifixion in the Plaza de Armas. While many of these poems are published elsewhere in Espada’s work, it is beautiful to have them in one collection. This book represents a gathering of all his Puerto Rico poems. As he says in the Introduction: “…they are all set, in whole or in part, on the island of Puerto Rico.” In a sense, these are poems of “place.” Yet sometimes the “place” of these poems, is more political or emotional than geographic.
Joe and I were honored to have Espada contribute his fantastic poem “God of the Weather-Beaten Face,” about Iraq war conscientious objector Camilo Mejia, to the poetry collection against torture we edited called Cut Loose the Body.