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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Bob Holman Editor. Cynthia Andrews Contributor. Zoe Anglesey Contributor. Pauly Arroyo Contributor. Richard August Contributor. Jimmy Santiago Baca Contributor. Asha Bandele Contributor. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published August 15th by Holt Paperbacks first published May More Details Original Title. American Book Award Other Editions 1.
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Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. Sort order. Oct 30, Jeff Peterson rated it it was ok. An elusive medium for the competent, in this I am not democratic. Aug 13, Barbara rated it really liked it Shelves: poetry , teaching-fall I'm currently reading some of the authors in the "Founding Poems" section of this book, for the Poets of Color class I'm teaching.
I'm so interested especially in the section of this intro re: the Open Room, and the open mic. Having never attended a poetry slam, and having limited the amount of time I've spent at open mics, I was both amused by his description of it and at the same time I admit it was a bit icky.
I g I'm currently reading some of the authors in the "Founding Poems" section of this book, for the Poets of Color class I'm teaching. I see how immediate positive feedback can encourage a poet to try again, perhaps even think about bringing the new shit.
How does this kind of environment discourage the poet from pursuing new work, trying out different poetic devices, voices, aesthetics, et al. My question here is about the possibility of arrested development. I get this; how poetry is received and its value assessed, whether it is deemed effective or ineffective depends upon many factors - the performer's skill and experience both in performance and in writing, the audience's aesthetic preferences, political leanings, whether they are easily charmed by charismatic poets on the mic, etc.
So given that there are many various ways of assessing a poem's and poet's effectiveness, given the imperative to decenter a singular academic standard of reading and criticizing poetry, indeed, I get farce. So that's a few things I am thinking about while reading. Another is this: as I am reading through the founding poems, it dawns on me that some of the poetry is kind of not awesome, is perhaps kind of awkward on the page, as is the case with Sandra Maria Estevez's poems. I may get shit for saying that, so again let me reemphasize that each audience member, and in the case of book, each reader has many different criteria for reading poetry.
Given that for the most part the poems here are important social commentary, what I look for is poetry that pops, read aloud and on the page, such as the poems by Lois Griffith, who I've never heard of before. Her work reminds me of early Jessica Hagedorn - funky, sassy, serrated; I think of these two poets as drawing from the same well. Just some disorganized thoughts here. Maybe more to come. Jul 09, Amanda rated it it was ok. A good "gateway drug" for those getting into poetry.
And perfect for those who love slam. Most times I wanted more from the poems, though. Apr 09, Traci rated it really liked it Shelves: got-to-teach , free-for-me-thanks , poetry. Found this in an old storage room and was inspired to teach slam poetry to my kids; they loved it. They could relate to so many of the poems and it opened up great dialogue.
Apr 21, Angela rated it it was amazing. This book was published some time ago but I picked it up only recently. It's a gem in my poetry collection! I knew from the introduction that this would be an amazing book. Miguel Algarin describes the atmosphere of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe so vividly that it was like I were there. This book features the works of so many poets that it's hard to give an accurate summary of the book. Many of the poets discuss issues surrounding racial, socioeconomic, and gender disparities There were a few things that I dislike about the book although it's still definitely worthy of a 5-star rating.
I feel like some of the poems didn't translate well into the written word; they were obviously meant to be spoken and performed rather than read on a page. There's also quite a bit of Spanish—not that I fault any of the poets for writing it—however if, like me, you don't understand the language at all, you'll be skimming over sections of poems and feeling lost.
Aug 07, Slightly rated it really liked it. I make no claims as to whether this book is good or bad. As I am not a big fan of poetry slams, I figure that my opinion doesn't hold that much weight. I opened to a page of a poem that ended "a tree grows in brooklyn a tree grows in brooklyn a tree grows in brooklyn. When I first read those lines at age 16, I was blown away. Now here i am. Apr 28, Kerry Wall rated it it was amazing. A great introductory book for anyone wanting to learn more about slam poetry, Aloud!
The poems within cover a wide range of topics, and it has become a bible for finding poems to perform aloud. Some of the poems are mystifying when seen presented on the page, but if you're trying to "understand" every poem in this book, you are going about it wrong. You won't love every poem, but everyone who reads this book will love a different poem.
Jul 28, RainbowWriter rated it it was amazing. A spoken word Bible. Socially and racially conscious mostly unrhymed poetry written mostly in free verse but there are also a few prose monologues. The poems are often several pages long but there are also a few short ones.
The anthology is bilingual with many poems written completely in Spanish which makes it good extracurricular material concerning my Spanish studies. Includes poetry by spoken word legends such as Bob Holman himself and Sapphire and Ntozake Shange as the most famous Nuyorican poets.
Truly worth its award despite the foul language in many poems. Jul 17, Dan rated it liked it Recommends it for: People in the late '90's. Shelves: poetry , cities. This was a gift from my first girlfriend - she got me an autographed copy. It all seems kind of dated and silly now. But then again, so does that guy in the mirror. Michele sent this book to me for christmas one year. I remember I called in sick to work the next day, just so I could caress the pages a little longer.
As a sometime poet, I have to say this book is essential. It cures that often tricky case of writers block with work from people you identify more with than you thought possible. Get yourself a copy today! Jan 19, jeremy rated it really liked it Shelves: poetry.
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Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Cafe
Aloud : voices from the Nuyorican Poets Cafe