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Overview

"Today, the poetry scene flourishes at New York open-mic spots like the Nuyorican Poets Café, Brooklyn's YWCA Tea Party and Harlem's Sugar Shack. Progeny of hip poets—the Beats of the 50s and protest poets of the 60s and 70s—these up-and-coming literati cast their diverse spells of word beats inspiring young contemporaries in Cleveland, Ohio, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta; later branching out internationally to poetry circuit venues in Tokyo, Rio de Janiero, London, Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam, and Istanbul."
—Zoë Anglesey
   Editor, Listen Up!

Spoken word poetry is a cross-cultural phenomenon. Here for the first time in one hot volume are poems from the nation's top spoken word artists. Listen Up! features nine brilliant award-winning scribes who have ignited audiences worldwide with their soulful verse, bold alliterations, and sultry fusion of rhythm and rhyme—electrifying audiences as they chant, sing, recite, and improvise their poetry and powerful point of view.

Among these nine literary luminaries are Carl Hancock Rux, named by The New York Times as one of thirty young artists "most likely to change the culture in the next thirty years"; Jessica Care Moore, a record-breaking five-time winner of the Apollo competition; and Saul Williams, co-scriptwriter and star of the feature film Slam, winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and the prestigious Camera D'Or at Cannes.

Packed with penetrating interviews on the craft of writing poetry, insight into the art of performance, and on-target, off-guard photos of the poets in action at history-making poetry slams, this unforgettable collection is the next best thing to being there live.

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"These poets protect the softer, more mindful core of nerves—the synapses that compute the flow of electricity between poem and poetry audience—adding to the whole story we adore as verse."
—MIGUEL ALGARíN
   Founder and Director
   The Nuyorican Poets Café

"Listening to the new poets, will we ever be the same? This anthology has a stake in freedom, is a proclamation for poetics. Zoë Anglesey is a literary abolitionist—she breaks through the barriers that separate us from the new poetry."
—E. ETHELBERT MILLER
   Director,
   African American Resource Center,
   Howard University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345428974
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/28/1999
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.57 (w) x 8.21 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Zoë Anglesey is an arts journalist, poet, and translator. A former editor of The Village Voice Literary Supplement and head of the Brooklyn Moon Café's "Meet the Author" series, she is now curator of the Literary Arts Reading Series at the Pratt Institute. She is also poetry editor at The MultiCultural Review and contributing editor to Bomb magazine.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
3
I Got Tha Boogaloosa Fever 7
Processions 9
He Called It a Blessin 11
No Parts Spared 16
Untitled I 17
Untitled II 19
23
Writers and Lawyers 27
Jetty 28
Perfect Diction 29
Winter 31
Piano Concerto 34
Toi San 36
37
Angels Get No Maps 41
Daddy's Song 46
Nother Man Dead 48
Brothers Keep Me Up 50
53
Black Statue of Liberty 59
One Afro's Blues 61
I Am a Work in Progress 66
There Are No Asylums for the Real Crazy Women 69
Ishah 71
Mirrors 74
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Switchettes (Las Brujitas) 81
Private Service Announcement 84
Writers' Delight 87
Life Saver 90
Step 92
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Notes for a Slow Jam 99
Reflections on the Metro North (Part II) 102
Haiku 108
Stop Signs 109
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The Excavation 119
Blue Candy 121
Suite Repose 125
Elmina Blues (Cobalt through Azure) 127
Kuta Near Seminyak 131
Untitled 133
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Barefoot Stroll 143
Forced Entry 145
Evolution 147
Elemental Sounds 149
Sometimes 150
Recollect 152
Domino Effect 154
Distance's Destination 156
Serenade 158
A Woman's Poetic 159
Height 160
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Gypsy Girl 167
Children of the Night 173
Afterword 181
Notes / Glossary 183
Works Cited 189
Discography 195
Film and Video 197
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2004

    A Good Read

    I bought this book because I am a fan of Saul Williams and he's included in this Spoken Word Poetry book. It's pretty good.

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