Aloud!: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

Aloud!: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

by Miguel Algarin, Bob Holman
     
 
Compiled by poets who have been at the center of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York City, Aloud! showcases the work of the most innovative and accomplished word artists from around America.

Overview

Compiled by poets who have been at the center of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York City, Aloud! showcases the work of the most innovative and accomplished word artists from around America.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
New York City's Nuyorican Poets Cafe, a Lower East Side institution, is known for hosting poetry slams, or public recitals of poems competitively graded by the audience. This is participatory performance poetry with an urban groundswell behind it-oral, multicultural, political, uninhibited. But how does the poetry come across once it's been conventionally-and ``silently''-published? ``Hear this book with your eyes!'' exhorts coeditor Holman; in his rambling introduction, Algarin urges poetry as ``a living art,'' as if to fight off print's inertia. All readers won't be floored by the result, which includes lines and stanzas (by Mike Tyler, Edwin Torres, Willie Perdomo, Raul Salinas, others) that beg to be sung or shouted, and do not rest easy on the page. But the vitality of the collection is conspicuous even when its anarchy causes some impatience. A maximalist poetry-compounded of emotional drive, visceral detail, real-life words and rhythms-offers something vigorous even when it reads as virtually unedited. The voices collected (more than 100) are challenging. (Aug.)
Library Journal - Library Journal
Manhattan's Nuyorican Poets Cafe, located in the low-rent district of Alphabet City, has become well-known over the past two decades for its poetry performances and "slams." Founded by Algarin and the late Miguel Pinero, it is the home for New York Puerto Rican poets and other poets of various nationalities and ethnic groups. This remarkably full collection, winner of the 1994 American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, includes 260 poems by 145 poets of highly varied voices, a breadth that gives the anthology an urban energy that has transferred well from stage to page. Most of the works are interesting to read, some are heartrending, and others just plain fun. Nicole Breedlove's poem about growing up on welfare ("And my brother/joined the army/to get away/from the government"), Dael Orlandersmith's "Poem for Anne Sexton" ("Her perfume is the bathwater/of faded party girls"), and Sapphire's troubled "In My Father's House" ("my mother slipped on her sweater & disappeared") are a few of the many standouts. Holman's "Invocation" (a sort of foreword), Algarin's introduction, and the sometimes witty, sometimes precious authors' biographies are not to be missed. Highly recommended.-Harold Augenbraum, Mercantile Lib., New York

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805032758
Publisher:
Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
08/01/1994
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
514
Product dimensions:
6.41(w) x 9.57(h) x 1.76(d)

Meet the Author

Miguel Algarín is a founder of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe on New York City's Lower East Side and has hosted the Cafe's live radio broadcasts on WBAI for more than 18 years. He is also a distinguished poet and critic with several books to his credit. He teaches at Rutgers University.

Bob Holman is a widely known poet—and poetry activist—whose mission is "to make poetry as natural a use for language as ordering a pizza." He is the author of The Collect Call of the Wild and a co-editor of The United States of Poetry.

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