Library Journal - Library JournalYou won't find these poems between the covers of The New Yorker ; instead, you'll find them on the streets of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago--wherever the heartbeat moves to the speeded-up rhythm of daily urban life. The poems here are more pop-modern than postmodern, more MTV than MLA. It's as though Beatty had found a way to plug in his be-bob mind to the outlet of language and instead of stream of consciousness there pours out a flood of consciousness of a young man growing up in late-20th-century America who sings the culture electric: ``where baseball players/ are reborn/ in their prime/ to play in modern day times/ and not only was the ball white/ shoeless Joe Jackson was white/ all the dead white players was white/ taking batting practice in white home uniforms/ under white Iowa clouds'' (``Darryl Strawberry Asleep in a Field of Dreams''). This is the first volume in the ``New Cafe'' series, the publishing arm of the multicultural, multigenerational center for the spoken arts in New York known as the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. Recommended for contemporary poetry collections.-- Thom Tammaro, Moorhead Univ., Minn.
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