For Sam Hamill
Let the blasphemy be spoken: poetry can save us,
not the way a fisherman pulls the drowning swimmer
into his boat, not the way Jesus, between screams,
promised life everlasting to the thief crucified beside him
on the hill, but salvation nevertheless.
Somewhere a convict sobs into a book of poems
from the prison library, and I know why
his hands are careful not to break the brittle pages.
by Martín Espada
Festival Goers: Join Martín Espada, Marilyn Nelson, and Sarah Browning as we pay tribute to Sam Hamill Thursday, March 22, 2-3:30 pm, in the auditorium of the True Reformer Building.