Rhina P. Espaillat
Rhina P. Espaillat’s most recent publication is And After All (Able Muse Press, 2019). She has published ten full-length books and three chapbooks, comprising poetry, essays, and short stories, in both English and her native Spanish, and translations from and into both languages. Her work appears in many journals, anthologies, and websites, and has earned national and international awards, including the T. S. Eliot Prize in Poetry, the Richard Wilbur Award, the Howard Nemerov Prize, the May Sarton Award, the Robert Frost “Tree at My Window” Prize for translation, several honors from the New England Poetry Club, the Poetry Society of America, the Ministry of Culture of the Dominican Republic, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from Salem State College.
Of Tim Murphy, Espaillat writes:
Tim’s poems, teeming with crops and hunting dogs, blood, manure, weapons, and prey, reflect a life so radically different from mine that they sometimes feel like invitations to the other side of the moon. The poet himself and I differed on so many issues—social, political, economic, religious—that our long, deep friendship seems, in retrospect, an unlikely miracle.
But miracle it was, and a happy one I am more grateful for than I can say, for the warmth and sweetness it brought so unexpectedly into my life. Tim enlarged the spiritual circle in which I live, think, and feel; and taught me—arguments and all—much about the nature of friendship, and the forgiving tenacity of human love.