Poetry in Motion


The Republic of Poetry ( an excerpt)

Martín Espada

The Republic of Poetry (an excerpt)

In the republic of poetry,
poets rent a helicopter
to bombard the national palace
with poems on bookmarks,
and everyone in the courtyard
rushes to grab a poem
fluttering from the sky,
blinded by weeping.

"The Republic of Poetry" by Martín Espada from The Republic of Poetry, published by W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. Copyright © 2006 by Marín Espada. Reprinted by permission of the author.