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Uprock Headspin Scramble and Dive: Poems
     

Uprock Headspin Scramble and Dive: Poems

by Patrick Rosal
 

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The debut collection from a vibrant, streetwise voice: Winner of the 2002 Members' Choice Award from the Asian American Writers Workshop.

Patrick Rosal's poetry rings with the music of no-frills industrial towns of central New Jersey. Portraits of hip-hoppers and condemned men (whose misdeeds as boys forever shaped their futures) alternate with

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The debut collection from a vibrant, streetwise voice: Winner of the 2002 Members' Choice Award from the Asian American Writers Workshop.

Patrick Rosal's poetry rings with the music of no-frills industrial towns of central New Jersey. Portraits of hip-hoppers and condemned men (whose misdeeds as boys forever shaped their futures) alternate with dynamic riffs on longing—sexual and filial—and on the poet's Filipino roots. Unpredictable and breathtaking as a sax solo, these poems are the indelible marks made by a world that has been simultaneously kept close and left behind.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Patrick Rosal's Uprock Headspin Scramble and Dive kicks off with old school-obsessed narratives ("To be To B-boy To lace shell-toe Adidas/ To say Word Kurtis Blow") but takes his investigations of masculinity far into the neighborhood, elegizing friends and unknowns, contemplating group dynamics ("at this moment There isn't one who doesn't laugh") and pondering "the catalog of unloved/ gestures a woman lets no one read." Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Rosal is from the new generation of poets schooled on rap and slams and other sharp-tongued approaches to poetics. Previously published in literary journals, his first collection offers a fast spin of nouns and slippery verbs denoting a performer's diction but set on the page with a skill that is seldom found in the new oral tradition. "If every story has its beginning/ this one starts in the armpit of a god-the plots/ of fishbone and vinegar a history of nails/ a war or two a swan some saints and of course some/ slaves. " His rhythms sparked by jazz riffs tell stories that are rich with the grim realistic details of the industrial towns of North Jersey, the working class, immigrants, and dreamers. Well versed in the poets who preceded him, Rosal offers street songs and urban meditations that are influenced by Langston Hughes, Robert Frost, and others: "To suck until our lips turned blue/ the last drops of cool juice/ from the crumbled cup sopped/ with spit the first Italian Ice of summer/ To chase popsicle stick skiffs/ along the curb." Rosal is a gifted poet with a good eye, keen ear, and urgency of voice that creates the energy of his lines. Recommended for all contemporary poetry collections.-Louis McKee, Painted Bride Art Ctr., Philadelphia Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780892552931
Publisher:
Persea Books
Publication date:
04/19/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.30(d)

Meet the Author

Patrick Rosal lives in Rahway, New Jersey, and teaches writing and literature at Bloomfield College.

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