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        Who Burns for the Perfection of Paper, by Martin Espada

        This video segment from Poetry Everywhere features the poet Martín Espada reading his poem “Who Burns for the Perfection of Paper” at the Dodge Poetry Festival. Fighting for justice is a constant theme in Martín Espada’s poetry. Here, in “Who Burns for the Perfection of Paper”, a seemingly good situation (a young man working his way up from factory work to law school) is undermined by the injustice built into every aspect of society, right down to the paper he writes on.

        For a biography of the poet Martín Espada please visit the Poetry Foundation Web site.

        This media asset comes from Poetry Everywhere filmed at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival.

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