Walt Whitman set out to invent a radically new form of poetry for a new nation. His book was first viewed as bizarre and obscene — one reviewer said that the author should be publicly flogged. But revising and adding to the book until his death, Whitman accomplished his goal, creating a new Bible for American poets.
In honor of National Poetry Month, we will be speaking with different poets throughout the month of April. This week Martin Espada, poet and professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the author of The Trouble Ball: Poems, talks about connecting the personal and the political through his poetry.